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Michigan city to axe 'unenforceable' ban on being willfully annoying

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 Grand Rapids, Mich. is set to strike the "annoying" law.An "unenforceable" ban on "willfully" annoying a person is set to get the axe in a Michigan city.

The Grand Rapids City Commission is striking a section of city code that states "no person shall willfully annoy another person," according to a Grand Rapids Press report.

The city attorney says the 38-year-old section is "subject to a variety of interpretations" on what is deemed annoying, recommending that the language be abolished, Grand Rapids Press reported. 

Under the law, theoretically, a person can receive up to a 90-day sentence, according to NBC News.

"It's unconstitutional in terms of being vague," City Attorney Catherine Mish told Grand Rapids Press. "It's simply unenforceable."

Mish told NBC News that the "annoying" law is similar to stalking, and that anti-stalking laws already exist in Michigan. 

Final approval is expected March 11, Grand Rapids Press reported.

According to the local media report, Mish is sifting through city code and flagging laws considered "archaic" to the commission for review.

Grand Rapids has also re-examined laws against spitting in public and allowing jail time for not returning a book to the library, NBC News reported. 

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Tags: Annoying, Grand Rapids, Law, Michigan

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