Missouri Judge to rule on sex club law

Missouri Judge to rule on sex club law

Date: August 26, 2010
By: Scott Kanowsky
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  A Missouri judges' upcoming decision has a Columbia sex shop owner worried she may lose her business.
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Wrap: Nellie Gruenden sat in the audience at the 19th Circuit Court in Jefferson City, watching lawyers debate the legality of a Missouri law limiting the states' porn industry.

The owner of a Passions' adult store in Columbia, Grunenden is part of a petition try to stop the law from taking effect.

She says she can't see the reason for the harsh legislation on her industry. 

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Description: "Some legislators do things by the book, some don't. Some adult businesses by the book, it's real possible, some don't. Do we throw all the legislators out of office because one doesn't follow the rules? I don't think that's fair."

Attorneys for Missouri say other states have similar laws.

The presiding judge says he will have a decision soon.

From Jefferson City, I'm Scott Kanowsky.

Intro:  Missouri's porn industry will learn tomorrow, Friday, whether it will be business as usual for the sex shops.
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Wrap: Jefferson City circuit court judge Jon Beetem promised porn industry lawyers a quick decision in their request to block implementation of a new law imposing limits on strip clubs.

The law imposes a number of new rules, including a ban on all nudity in strip clubs.

Although the Missouri attorney general's office argued other states had passed similar sex-shop restrictions, the industry's lawyer Raymond Vasvari argued that not all states are the same.

 

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Description: "They have some 'splanin to do. It's not just like all the other cases, because all of the cases involve different statutes adopted on different legislative records, imposing different restrictions, in different localities.

Beetem said he will decide Friday to impose a temporary restraining order on the law.

If he doesn't allow this, the law goes into effect Saturday.

From Jefferson City, I'm Scott Kanowsky. 

Intro:  Lawyers for Missouri's attorney general urged a Cole County circuit judge Friday to let restrictions on sex shops take effect this weekend.
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Wrap: Attorney Scott Bergthold defended a law placing a number of new rules on Missouri sex shops.

Bergthold argued the law did not put any gratuitous restrictions on these businesses. 

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Description: "It doesn't prevent from being employed at an adult business, it doesn't prevent anyone from engaging in erotic dancing, it doesn't prevent anybody from showing any sexually explicit movies they want to watch."

Porn industry attorneys say the law could cripple sex shops around the state.

The attorneys want to impose a temporary restraining order to block the legislation from taking effect on Saturday.

Judge Jon Beetem says he will have a decision tomorrow, Friday.

From Jefferson City, I'm Scott Kanowsky.


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