clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

A VICTORY FOR LIBRARY

A federal appeals court ruled that a public library can expel people who smell bad and make nuisances of themselves.

The ruling by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday overturned a ruling last year in New Jersey. U.S. District Judge H. Lee Sarokin ruled that the Morristown, N.J., Public Library violated the rights of a homeless man by barring him from the library.Based on that ruling, the town and the library recently paid $230,000 to settle lawsuits filed by Richard Kreimer, who slept on a park bench and regularly visited the library.

But the three-judge appeals court ruled unanimously that public libraries can eject people who are disruptive or have offensive "bodily hygiene."