Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Cert. Denied In Boise Ban On Sleeping Outdoors

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court denied review in Boise, ID v. Martin, (Docket No. 19-247, certiorari denied 12/16/2019). (Order List.) In the case the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the ban on cruel and unusual punishment in the 8th Amendment bars a city from criminalizing sleeping outdoors on public property when homeless people have no option to sleep indoors, including where their access to a shelter is conditioned on their participating in religious programs. (See prior posting.) Los Angeles Times has an Opinion piece on the case.