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Judge finds no right to travel

April 4, 2007 at 12:09 AM   |   Comments

NEW ORLEANS, April 3 (UPI) -- A federal judge has dismissed a claim that local police violated the right to travel of New Orleans residents trying to get out after Hurricane Katrina.

Tracy and Dorothy Dickerson sued Gretna, the Gretna Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. They said they were not allowed to use the Crescent City Connection, which crosses the Mississippi River.

U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon said there is no right to travel within a state guaranteed by the Constitution. The judge also found that the Dickersons missed the deadline for certification as a class-action suit.

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