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A controversial Oklahoma City panhandling ordinance thrown out by a Denver court would have “withstood constitutional scrutiny” in other parts of the country, attorneys for the city said Wednesday in a plea to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorneys for the city asked the high court to review the ordinance, casting their petition as an opportunity to resolve differing interpretations of a 2014 free speech ruling regarding “safe passage” zones outside abortion clinics.

An attorney who is part of the ACLU-led team that sued the city on behalf of a panhandler and others said by text it was “regrettable the city has opted to waste tens of thousands more in taxpayer dollars to file this petition.”

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