Aug 6, 2014 2:42 AM by Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - A transgender woman who is an advocate for sex workers filed an appeal of her conviction on a prostitution-related charge.
Attorneys for Monica Renee Jones argued in Tuesday's appeal that the Phoenix law that led to her arrest was overly broad and violates free-speech rights.
Jones was convicted in April under a city ordinance that prohibits people from demonstrating an intent to sell sex in public places by flagging down passers-by, asking whether someone is a police officer or taking other steps.
A call to the Phoenix Prosecutor's Office, which pressed the case against Jones, wasn't immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.
Jones was joined at a Tuesday news conference by Laverne Cox, a transgender actress who stars as a transgender character in the Netflix prison series, "Orange is the New Black."