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  • Robert Seeberger
    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jVTk0RxEEvO0n78b2XK1H8vSPXiQD8S0L3FO1 http://tinyurl.com/32w6wm The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a challenge
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 1, 2007
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      http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jVTk0RxEEvO0n78b2XK1H8vSPXiQD8S0L3FO1

      http://tinyurl.com/32w6wm


      The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a challenge to
      Alabama's ban on the sale of sex toys, ending a nine-year legal battle
      and sending a warning to store owners to clean off their shelves.
      An adult-store owner had asked the justices to throw out the law as an
      unconstitutional intrusion into the privacy of the bedroom. But the
      Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal, leaving intact a lower
      court ruling that upheld the law.

      Sherri Williams, owner of Pleasures stores in Huntsville and Decatur,
      said she was disappointed, but plans to sue again on First Amendment
      free speech grounds.

      "My motto has been they are going to have to pry this vibrator from my
      cold, dead hand. I refuse to give up," she said.

      Alabama's anti-obscenity law, enacted in 1998, bans the distribution
      of "any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the
      stimulation of human genital organs for anything of pecuniary value."

      The law does not ban the possession of sex toys, and it doesn't
      regulate other items, including condoms or virility drugs. Residents
      may legally purchase sex toys out of state for use in Alabama, or they
      may buy sexual devices in Alabama that have a "bona fide medical"
      purpose.

      Similar laws have been upheld in Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas, but
      struck down in Louisiana, Kansas and Colorado, said Mark Lopez, a
      former American Civil Liberties Union attorney in New York who worked
      on the Alabama case until recently.

      The Alabama attorney general's office immediately notified county
      district attorneys, who are responsible for enforcement. The attorney
      general planned to ask a federal judge to lift an injunction
      preventing the law from being enforced.

      Removing the injunction should take a couple of days, said Chris
      Bence, spokesman for Attorney General Troy King.

      Store owners should be aware that the law takes effect once the
      injunction is lifted, Bence said.

      Williams had asked the Supreme Court to review a decision by the 11th
      U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found Alabama's law was not
      affected by a U.S. Supreme Court decision knocking down Texas' sodomy
      law.

      The Texas sodomy law involved private conduct, while the Alabama law
      regulated commercial activity, the appeals court judges said. Public
      morality was an insufficient government interest in the Texas case but
      was sufficient in the Alabama case, they said.

      Williams called the Supreme Court's decision not to review the law
      "further evidence of religion in politics."

      "The U.S. Supreme Court said states can legislate morality," she said.
      "I don't feel it is fair to the people who do not agree with the
      morality of the Legislature."

      She also predicted future court battles over which sexual devices are
      legal to sell as medical devices.

      Lopez said adult stores may be cautious about pushing the issue of
      what constitutes a medical device because the law has strong
      penalties: Up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine for a first
      offense. A second offense carries a prison sentence of one to 10
      years.

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      In Texas, one can buy a vibrator as long as it is labeled as a
      "novelty" (AKA a joke or a jape in the same sense as a whoopee fart
      cushion).

      Will the willful obtuseness never end?

      xponent

      Gratuitous Subject Lines Maru

      rob


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    • William T Goodall
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      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 2, 2007
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        On 2 Oct 2007, at 04:41, Robert Seeberger wrote:
        > Will the willful obtuseness never end?

        Not as long as the evil shadow of religion darkens your benighted land.

        Thought for the day Maru
        -- William T Goodall
        Mail : wtg@...
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        Every Sunday Christians congregate to drink blood in honour of their
        zombie master.


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