Missouri AG To Go To Court in Effort To Save New Law on Strip Clubs

AUGUST 30, 2005 - Posted 7:57 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Attorney General Jay Nixon will try to resurrect a Missouri law putting new restrictions on strip clubs.

Governor Blunt signed the law in July.  It was supposed to take effect this past Sunday.

But a judge last week declared the law unconstitutional.

Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan said the state may restrict lawful forms of expression by adults if it can demonstrate direct, negative side-effects.  Callahan said the state failed to make the connection between nude dancing and harmful secondary effects.

Nixon's office says the ruling will be appealed.

The law bans full nudity at strip clubs, sets mandatory distances between dancers and customers and raises the minimum age for both to 21.

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