The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an ordinance prohibiting the solicitation of money at Los Angeles International Airport, but dodged the larger question of whether the facility is a public forum for free speech purposes.

In a quirky vote, four of the seven justices issued or joined in concurrences saying the public forum issue should have been addressed. Justice Joyce Kennard argued that LAX met all the characteristics of a public forum, while Justice Ming Chin — joined by Justices Marvin Baxter and Carol Corrigan — said it didn’t.

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