Judge hears arguments on RI house sticker law

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2009 7:39 PM

A lawyer for University of Rhode Island students has asked a judge to strike down a law allowing police in a beach town to place stickers on homes that host loud parties.

The stickers are intended to deter raucous gatherings among students who live off-campus in Narragansett. Students say the stickers are an unfair stigma, and landlords say the notices make it difficult to rent out their apartments.

The first sticker is a warning. A second noise violation carries a $300 fine.

A lawyer for the students says the stickers are humiliating.

But town lawyer Marc DeSisto said Tuesday noisy parties among students and seasonal renters have been an ongoing problem. He says any stigma arising from the stickers isn't great enough to render the law unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge William Smith says he hopes to rule within 60 days.