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  • lws2000 lws2000 Jun 10, 2005 10:04 PM Flag

    Want proof liberals are mentally ill?

    You are like watching Amputee Field Hockey: pathetic, and very quickly disgusting.

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      Would normal people allow this or just crazy self destructive liberals?

      Beggar sues cops-
      & law is on his side


      A homeless panhandler who prowls the Bronx with a foul mouth and a bad attitude is suing to get the cops off his back - and even prosecutors admit he's probably right.
      Eddie Wise, 44, insists he's only exercising his free-speech rights when he hits up college kids from nearby Fordham University for spare change.

      But cops say he is a thug who has been convicted of assault and drug charges. And merchants along Fordham Ave. brand him a business-killing menace who should be locked up.

      "He'll curse you out in a minute," said Hemmerde Robinson, a manager of a local White Castle restaurant. "He usually gets money from them and when he doesn't, he'll curse them out."

      Wise has been busted 20 times on a loitering while panhandling charge since 2002.

      The law is apparently on Wise's side - in those cases. In 1992, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Robert Sweet ruled peaceful begging on the street was protected free speech.

      After Wise was arrested on Jan. 25 last year, his Legal Aid lawyer cited Sweet's ruling in asking a judge to throw out the case. The judge dismissed the charge.

      Wise then filed suit against Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson's office and the NYPD in Manhattan Federal Court, seeking unspecified damages and a restraining order barring the cops from arresting him again. A hearing will be held today.

      Johnson says Wise is right.

      "That was a mistake and we have corrected it," said Johnson. "Had any of the lawyers in this case contacted someone in authority in my office, the situation could have been corrected much earlier."

      But police officials bristled at the suggestion that Wise was unfairly targeted - and said only in "bizzaro world" would Wise's behavior seem "peaceful."

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