A federal judge has struck down an Alexandria ordinance banning fortune telling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city.
U.S. District Judge Dee Drell's ruling Wednesday concurs with a magistrate's conclusion that the ordinance in unconstitutional.
Rachel Adams, a fortune-teller who says she accepts donations but doesn't charge for her services, sued the city after a police officer issued her a court summons in 2011 for violating the ordinance. A violation can result in daily penalties of up to $500.
The city argued the business of fortune telling is a fraud and inherently deceptive, but U.S. Magistrate James Kirk concluded that fortune telling is free speech protected by the First Amendment.
Adams told The Town Talk last year that she is a fifth-generation psychic.