Joseph Tartakovsky – Martin v. Boise and the Homeless Crisis
Joseph Tartakovsky, a PRI adjunct fellow and with the law firm Gibson Dunn, discusses the homeless case Martin v. the City of Boise. It involves five homeless people who sued Boise, Idaho for fining them for violating a city ordinance prohibiting people from living in the streets. The homeless group believed that Boise violated the 8th Amendment’s cruel and unusual clause. The LA City Council sided with Boise filing an amicus brief in support of Boise’s position. The ruling has tremendous implications for the homeless crisis in California and other western cities.