Attorney General James Applauds Repeal of Law Criminalizing Group Mask Use in Public

Posted to Applied Web NY on Thu, 05/28/2020 - 14:36

NEW YORK – Attorney General Letitia James lauded the passage of legislation permanently repealing N.Y. Penal Law 240.35(4), a nearly two-century-old statute which makes it a criminal violation for groups of individuals to wear masks in public — subject to a possible fifteen-day sentence of imprisonment. On May 11, 2020, Attorney General James sent a letter to Governor Cuomo and legislative leadership pointing out this conflict of law and urging that this specific provision of the penal code be suspended or repealed.

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