Great Moments in Standing Law

In 1975, the plaintiffs — four public inebriates and one taxpayer — brought a class action suit against various governmental entities in the City and County of Los Angeles to challenge the prosecution of public inebriates under California’s public intoxication statute.

Sundance v. Municipal Court, 192 Cal.App.3d 268, 270 (1987).

You lawnerds know what I’m talking about:  to have standing to challenge a law punishing public inebriates, you have to identify as a public inebriate.   QED.

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