PHOENIX - Cities can't bar people from simply asking passers-by for money at night, the Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled.

In a unanimous decision, the judges struck down a Phoenix ordinance making it illegal to verbally approach someone after dark to solicit money.

The court rejected arguments by city attorneys that the 2003 law is designed to "shield citizens from the fear, intimidation, abusive language, or crime that sometimes accompany solicitation."

Tucson has no similar law.