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Annoying someone? You're still good in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - It should soon be okay to be intentionally annoying in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the City Commission is prepared to do away with a 38-year-old section of city code that states "no person shall willfully annoy another person."

City Attorney Catherine Mish recommended repealing the language, saying the wording is "unconstitutional in terms of being vague" and "simply unenforceable." A final decision is expected March 11.

Even with the change, related crimes such as obstructing someone in a public place or assault would still be on the books.

Mish has been scouring city code to find archaic rules. (That must be annoying in itself)

Last year, rules that got a closer look in the Michigan city included one prohibiting people from riding horses on a sidewalk, and another that allows jail time for failing to return a library book.

Which book, Crime and Punishment?


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