Judge issues injunction against St. Louis effort to regulate street performers

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ST. LOUIS - Street performers can dance and sing all they want on the streets of St. Louis, without regulation, as far as a federal judge is concerned.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction that prohibits the city from charging $100 for permits, and requiring auditions of performers.

The ruling, which affects street musicians, jugglers, dancers, magicians, mimes and other performers, was in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The judge also ordered both sides to try to resolve the case in mediation by Sept. 30, or she will consider a permanent injunction.

A message seeking comment from a spokeswoman for Mayor Francis Slay was not immediately returned.

Organizations: American Civil Liberties Union

Geographic location: St. Louis, U.S. District

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