Homeless people created a tent city along the American River Parkway in 2009. Recently, attorney Mark Merin said he plans to test the city’s anti-camping law by putting a tent city on one of his vacant lots downtown, and planning a legal strategy to defend his decision based on federal religious freedom laws.
Homeless people created a tent city along the American River Parkway in 2009. Recently, attorney Mark Merin said he plans to test the city’s anti-camping law by putting a tent city on one of his vacant lots downtown, and planning a legal strategy to defend his decision based on federal religious freedom laws. Randall Benton RBenton@sacbee.com
Homeless people created a tent city along the American River Parkway in 2009. Recently, attorney Mark Merin said he plans to test the city’s anti-camping law by putting a tent city on one of his vacant lots downtown, and planning a legal strategy to defend his decision based on federal religious freedom laws. Randall Benton RBenton@sacbee.com
Erika D. Smith

Erika D. Smith

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Want a legal tent city for homeless? Try religious freedom

May 06, 2016 03:00 PM

UPDATED May 07, 2016 05:15 PM

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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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