The Supreme Court will meet today to consider whether the Constitution gives homeless people the right to sleep on the sidewalk.
The justices are considering an appeal of a lower court ruling that said it was cruel and unusual punishment to enforce criminal laws against homeless people if a city doesn't offer enough shelters. Dissenters of the 9th Circuit ruling said it shackles the hands of public officials who are trying to address the problems of homelessness.
They say unless they can provide shelter for all, it will leave them powerless to help residents with valid complaints about the safety of their neighborhoods. The city of Los Angeles that requested the high court review the case.