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Settlement in the works in Hawaii County panhandling case

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A settlement is in the works between Hawaii County and a man who was cited for panhandling who says that violated his civil rights.

West Hawaii Today reports Justin Guy was cited for panhandling in June. But a federal judge imposed a temporary restraining order in September stopping the county from enforcing its panhandling laws. The charges against Guy were dropped.

Guy's lawyers say the ban is unconstitutional. Guy says he'd like to stand on a sidewalk and ask people for help, but he's afraid he'll go to jail.

The county has defended the ordinance, saying it protects the public. Its deputy corporation counsel Jennifer Ng said Monday that the parties reached a tentative settlement agreement.

Attorneys for both sides declined to discuss details.

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