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Federal judge shoots down part of Orange gang injunction

A federal judge has knocked out part of a gang injunction in the City of Orange.

The 2-year-old injunction prevents gang members from congregating in an area that includes Old Towne Orange and Chapman University. The American Civil Liberties Union argued that Orange County prosecutors and Orange police violated federal law when they enforced the injunction against people who didn’t get a proper hearing in court to prove that they weren’t gang members.

The ACLU says the injunction is too burdensome. Prosecutors say the ruling only covers about 50 people, so the reach is minimal.

Still, they’re considering an appeal. They say the court didn’t outlaw the injunction itself, so they’ll keep enforcing it.

The ACLU says the ruling could put gang injunctions in other cities at risk.