Lawsuit Alleges City of McCrory Bans Poor Residents

McCrory, Ark.-- A trailer home is now the center of a federal lawsuit filed last week against the City of McCrory and its police chief.
 
"McCrory says their home is not expensive enough so they have to leave," Phil Telfeyan, Executive Director of Equal Justice Under Law said.
 
In the suit filed by Equal Justice Under Law, the trailer's tenants David Watlington and Lindsey Hollaway are allegedly being banished simply because they are poor.
 
"He's been ordered by the highest ranking law enforcement in McCrory to leave town," Telfeyan said.
 
The lawsuit cites an ordinance passed by city council last September that forbids any mobile home worth less than $7,500. The ordinance directs McCrory's police chief to enforce fines up to $500 a day for violators. 
 
McCrory council members called a meeting Tuesday night to review the controversial ordinance.
 
"What we did tonight is that they amended the ordinance to take out the provision that is at issue in the lawsuit," attorney Mike Mosley said.
 
Mosley says the city never enforced the ordinance and voted in favor Tuesday to eliminate a required price tag for trailer homes in the city.
 
"Brings issues of whether there is even ripeness with respect to the lawsuit," Mosley said.
 
Mosley says he told the federal judge on the case Tuesday the ordinance would be amended and now considers the lawsuit questionable.
 

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