Judge Overturns Town's Fortunetelling Ban

Judge rules fortunetelling is free speech protected by the First Amendment

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    Fortunetelling is protected speech, a judge ruled.

    All signs point to good times for psychics again.

    A federal judge struck down a central Louisiana ordinance banning fortunetelling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city of Alexandria.

    U.S. District Judge Dee Drell's ruling Wednesday concurred with a magistrate's conclusion that the ordinance is unconstitutional.

    Rachel Adams is a fortune-teller who says she accepts donations but doesn't charge for her services. She sued the city after a police officer issued her a court summons in 2011 for violating the ordinance. A violation can result in daily penalties of up to $500.

    The city argued the business of fortunetelling is a fraud and inherently deceptive, but U.S. Magistrate James Kirk concluded that fortunetelling is free speech protected by the First Amendment.

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    Adams told The Town Talk newspaper last year that she is a fifth-generation psychic.