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Exotic dancing gets boost from Ga. high court

ATLANTA — Georgia’s top court has ruled in favor of five exotic dancers who argued that their right to perform was effectively stripped by an Atlanta ordinance that bans people under 21 from places where alcohol is sold.
In a unanimous opinion published yesterday, the state Supreme Court found the local law conflicts with two state [...]

7th Circuit: Clear evidence needed to close Ind. adult store

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — A federal appeals court has ruled that an adult book and movie store in New Albany can remain open while a lower court reviews evidence as to whether the store attracts crime, litter and other problems.
New Albany officials have been trying since 2004 to shut down New Albany DVD.
But in the [...]

Federal court upholds Ohio ‘no-touch’ strip-club law

CLEVELAND — A federal judge has upheld Ohio’s “no-touch” law for strip clubs.
U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. in Cleveland says the state law that bans exotic dancers from touching patrons or each other does not violate First Amendment or other constitutional rights of the business owners.
The Buckeye Association of Club Executives, a trade group [...]

Justice Souter, Justice Holmes, the First Amendment and Yankee independence

This article is part of an online symposium on the First Amendment Center Online titled Justice Souter & the First Amendment.
David Hackett Souter wrote his college senior thesis on the great jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Like Holmes, he was New England-born, Harvard-educated, and served on a state high court before becoming a Supreme Court [...]

4th Circuit upholds N.C. city’s adult-business law

Adult businesses are not entitled to challenge whether they cause adverse effects in their neighborhoods after a new zoning law has been enacted, a federal appeals court has ruled.
The ruling by a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel means that even if an adult business that opened before a zoning change does not cause [...]

Justice Souter and the First Amendment

This article is part of an online symposium on the First Amendment Center Online titled Justice Souter & the First Amendment.
Justice David Hackett Souter — a man who rose from relative national obscurity in New Hampshire to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice — has made his mark in many areas of First Amendment jurisprudence. [...]

Utah store gets OK to put racy items back on shelves

LAYTON, Utah — Kitsch and niche gift lovers can celebrate: A store at a Layton mall has struck an agreement with city and county prosecutors that will allow it to offer racy products to customers again.
Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said the Spencer's store at Layton Hills Mall was making a good-faith effort to comply [...]

6th Circuit: Ohio can nix mixing of alcohol, nudity

An Ohio regulation banning the sale of liquor at places allowing nudity or sexual activity on their premises does not violate the First Amendment, a divided three-judge federal appeals court panel has ruled.
In 2004, the Ohio Liquor Control Commission passed a new rule that prohibited persons from appearing in a “state of nudity” or engaging [...]

Percy Julian, First Amendment lawyer, dies

The legal community — particularly the First Amendment field — lost a giant recently in Wisconsin-based civil rights attorney Percy L. Julian Jr., who died Feb. 24 in Madison at age 67.
Whether battling segregation laws, defending Vietnam-era student protesters, protecting the rights of members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, representing adult bookstores or guarding [...]

Divided 6th Circuit upholds most of Ky. county strip-club law

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A northern Kentucky county can impose strict rules governing how much communication strippers may have with potential customers, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.
The court, however, ordered a federal judge to consider a challenge to the license fees the clubs and dancers must pay under the ordinance. The three-judge panel said there [...]

Texas slaps ‘pole tax’ on strip clubs

DALLAS — Texas, where strip clubs have given rise to the late Anna Nicole Smith and many other less-generously endowed performers, is about to make it more expensive to visit them.
In what some have called the “pole tax,” the state will require its 150 or so strip clubs to collect a $5-per-customer tax, with most [...]

Ind. county’s adult-bookstore restrictions upheld

INDIANAPOLIS — Officials in southern Indiana's Spencer County didn't violate the Constitution when they tried to regulate an adult bookstore, the state appeals court has ruled.
Ruling in Plaza Group Properties v. Spencer County Plan Commission, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a county ordinance that said sexually themed businesses must be located at least 1,000 [...]

Strip-club owners lose bid to halt new Ohio law

CLEVELAND — A federal judge has denied a request by strip club owners to block a new law that prohibits patrons from touching dancers and halts nude dancing after midnight.
The ruling means that the law remains in effect, said Sandy Theis, a spokeswoman for the Vote No on Issue 1 group, which filed the lawsuit [...]

6th Circuit halts Mich. ban on nude dancing where alcohol is sold

DETROIT — A federal appeals court ruling yesterday could open the door to nude dancing in places licensed to serve alcohol.
The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily barred enforcement of rules that ban fully nude dancing in licensed establishments. It reversed a lower court ruling that denied relief from state enforcement to Bogart’s [...]

11th Circuit upholds Fla. city’s anti-nudity ordinances

Editor’s note: The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 19, 2008, refused to hear the appeal from the owners of Lollipops Gentlemen's Club. The club’s attorney, Brett Hartley, told The Orlando Sentinel that the club would comply with the law and put its dancers in bikinis.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A federal appeals court has upheld this [...]

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