Missouri judge upholds law on sexual businesses

Thursday, February 3, 2011 | 6:59 p.m. CST; updated 11:24 a.m. CST, Friday, February 4, 2011

KANSAS CITY — A Missouri judge has rejected a lawsuit over a state law placing new restrictions on sexually oriented businesses.

The state law bans full nudity and alcohol at strip clubs and adult stores. It also bars touching between semi-nude employees and customers and requires stores and clubs to close before midnight.

The law took effect in August. A coalition of stores and exotic dancers challenged the law, arguing it violated rights to speech and expression.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem rejected the argument in a ruling issued last week.

The Kansas City Star reported today that an attorney for the group filing the lawsuit said he plans to appeal the ruling.

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Eric Cox February 4, 2011 | 11:41 a.m.

One more way the government imposes itself into your life, or the exact opposite of freedom. This man obviously has no business being on the bench in America.

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