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Tue February 22, 2005
U.S. Supreme Court Refuses Alabama Case
By Bobby Puppione, Alabama Public Radio
Washington, DC – In 1998, the Alabama Legislature passed a wide ranging anti-obscenity law that included the sale of sex toys. The U-S Supreme Court declined to review a case concerning that law on Tuesday. Bobby Puppione reports.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a challenge on behalf of merchants and users seeking to overturn the 1998 state law. Sherri Williams owns Pleasures stores in Huntsville and Decatur. She says nothing has changed at her store.
"Business as usual. I have an injunction. I am the only store in the state of Alabama that is prevented from any type of enforcement because I sought to get an injunction from the judge."
The Atlanta-based 11th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last July that siding with the sex toy merchants could open the door to the legalization of undesirable sexual behavior such as prostitution. Williams and other plaintiffs have twice won in trial court, but both time lost on an appeal filed by the Alabama attorney general's office.
For the Alabama Report, I'm Bobby Puppione.