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Robert Kiley, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Wednesday said the MTA is appealing a judge's decision that struck down a rule against panhandling in the subways because begging "lends an air of disorder."

Kiley said he believes U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand was wrong when he decided Friday that begging in public places is free speech protected by the First Amendment. The MTA filed a notice of appeal with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of the class-action lawsuit, brought in November by the Legal Action Committee for the Homeless .

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