James Kirk suggests to U.S. District Judge Dee Drell that the city’s ban be overturned.
Last year, a woman who planed to open a fortune-telling shop was denied a permit on the basis of the city’s ordinance.
The Town Talk reports that Kirk said the ordinance banning “palmistry, card reading, astrology, fortune-telling, phrenology, mediums or activities of a similar nature” is a free speech violation.
“To apply the ordinance literally would outlaw every ‘amateur psychiatrist, parlor sage and barstool philosopher’ in Alexandria who dares to suggest to another what the future may hold,” Kirk wrote. “... Based on the foregoing analysis, it appears that a decision in favor of the city is not in the cards.”
Rachel Adams last summer sought a permit to open the business, but was told the practice was forbidden by city law even though state law allows it. She has since moved from the city though she plans to return, her attorney said.