Philly Cops Ask 3rd Circ. To Ax Political Contribution Ban

Law360, Philadelphia (November 12, 2013, 4:26 PM EST) -- A provision of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter barring police officers from making contributions to political candidates is an outdated attempt to stop corruption on the force that can no longer pass constitutional muster, an attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police told the Third Circuit on Tuesday.

Thomas Jennings, a partner with Jennings Sigmond PC, told a three-judge panel that the provision ran afoul of free speech rights enshrined in the First Amendment and said the threat of corruption the 1951 ban aimed to address...
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