Judge tells Clinton, LA to lawyer up for lawsuit on city curfew

CLINTON, LA (WAFB) - A Federal judge has ordered the city of Clinton, LA to retain counsel in its quest to continue a local curfew in the town.

The curfew was imposed on May 30, 2013. It restricts activity between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day.

Clinton Police Chief Fred Dunn came up with the curfew and the town's Board of Aldermen, like Johnny Beauchamp, helped pass the ordinance.

"It's all about people walking on the streets and walking on the streets at all hours of the night, and since we did this curfew the crime rate was zero last month," said Beauchamp.

The ACLU is trying to block the extension of the Clinton City Council ordinance.

U.S. Federal Judge Brian Jackson held a status conference Monday morning in the matter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) vs. the city of Clinton, LA.

The ACLU filed suit last week. Judge Jackson says he wants to meet with Clinton attorneys in a week and he told Clinton to hire a lawyer by Thursday.

A copy of the ACLU's lawsuit is available here: http://www.laaclu.org/resources/2013/072413Mead-Complaint.pdf

The Motion for Preliminary Injunction/TRO is available here: http://www.laaclu.org/resources/2013/072413Mead-MotionPI-TRO.pdf

The Memorandum in Support of TRO is available here: http://www.laaclu.org/resources/2013/072413Mead-Memo.pdf

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