- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island says a judge has dismissed charges against several Narragansett residents accused of violating a town law that bars more than four unrelated people from living in the same residence.

Municipal Court Judge John DeCubellis Jr. agreed in his decision issued Tuesday that the ordinance violated plaintiffs’ due process and equal protection rights, noting that a similar ordinance was ruled unconstitutional in 1994.

The ACLU had filed a request for the dismissal of the charges against the 12 residents, businesses and landlords.

Town officials have said that the purpose of the ordinance enacted last May is to prevent unruly behavior.

Councilor Michael Moretti said Wednesday it’s up to the council to appeal the ruling to fully understand if the ordinance is valid under state law.

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