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    Judge Declares New State Strip Club Restrictions Unconstitutional


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new state law banning seminude lap dances at Missouri strip clubs was declared unconstitutional by a judge Friday, two days before it was to go into effect.

    Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan said provisions of the law violate First Amendment protections and state constitutional limits on amending a bill beyond its original purpose.

    "The state may not limit persons of majority age from engaging in lawful expressive conduct protected by the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution without a substantial and direct connection to adverse secondary effects, a showing that has not been made," Callahan said in the declaratory judgment.

    Under the law, signed in July by Gov. Matt Blunt, seminude lap dances would have been banned and dancers would have had to stay at least 10 feet from each other. Customers would have faced misdemeanor charges for tucking money into a dancers' G-strings, and the minimum age for dancers and customers would have risen from 19 to 21.

    The adult entertainment industry's attorneys had argued the law violated free-speech and expression rights, and they also said it violated a state constitutional requirement that bills relate to one subject and remain tied to their original purpose.

    The bill that included the strip club restrictions initially was labeled as a bill for alcohol-related traffic offenses but was passed under the heading of "crime."

    The attorney general's office said it was reviewing the judge's decision and didn't yet know what actions it might take.

    Joe Spinello, general manager of the Shady Lady Lounge in Kansas City, said the restrictions probably would have forced him to cut staff. He said clubs hurt most by law would be ones that rely on customers and employees who are under 21.


    Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.
    But wait. There is something that can be done afterall. My good friend Angelo is a cop in the Tampa/Clearwater area. Since I kept all of the files from the access logs when I had the power to see them, guess what, I have everyone's IP addresses. Hmm..what can I do w/ those??
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  • #2
    what a bunch of bullshit...

    "crime"..the only crime is the religious right determing what is morally acceptable.

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    • #3
      Christ...

      This is why we need to start shipping politicians to Thailand for training. Either that or quit letting the most morally timid people run things.

      Either or
      "Whaddya mean I hurt your feelings?"
      "I didn't know you
      had any feelings"

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      • #4
        bill for alcohol-related traffic offenses
        Shit like this is how we get fucked.
        Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SunuvaNun@Aug 28 2005, 06:06 PM
          Christ...

          This is why we need to start shipping politicians to Thailand for training. Either that or quit letting the most morally timid people run things.

          Either or
          Ha...

          I could see the Conservative christians doing well in Patpong, Sunny. But, I wonder if they'd know the adams apple trick?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Indu WangZi+Aug 28 2005, 07:11 PM-->
            QUOTE(Indu WangZi @ Aug 28 2005, 07:11 PM)
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