Posted: Jul 13, 2012 9:37 AM by The Associated Press
ALEXANDRIA - A federal judge has struck down an Alexandria ordinance banning fortunetelling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city.
U.S. District Judge Dee Drell's ruling Wednesday concurs with a magistrate's conclusion that the ordinance is unconstitutional.
Rachel Adams, a fortune-teller who says she accepts donations but doesn't charge for her services, sued the city after a police officer issued her a court summons in 2011 for violating the ordinance. A violation can result in daily penalties of up to $500.
The city argued the business of fortunetelling is a fraud and inherently deceptive, but U.S. Magistrate James Kirk concluded that fortunetelling is free speech protected by the First Amendment.
Adams told The Town Talk last year that she is a fifth-generation psychic.