Ga. top court upholds anti-gang laws


The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously upheld the state's anti-gang statute, ruling Monday that it does not infringe on First Amendment rights.

The law was challenged by Efrain Rodriguez and Gilberto Rodriguez, who were both charged with murder in the 2006 death of a rival gang member. Their attorneys say the anti-gang law used to prosecute them is unconstitutionally vague and tramples on the rights to freely associate.

But the court opinion says it does not "infringe upon the First Amendment right to freedom of association."

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