Appeals Court Says Missouri's Sexy Billboard Law is Unconstitutional

AUGUST 22, 2006 - Posted at 7:56 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Attorney General Jay Nixon says he will right a ruling that the state's ban on sexually suggestive billboards on Missouri highways is unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals made that ruling yesterday.  The judge said the state did not show how or why a more limited speech regulation would not have served the state's purpose in the case.

Nixon's spokesman says the attorney general will seek a rehearing from the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  And he says if that's not successful, Nixon might appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

House Speaker Rod Jetton says if Nixon is not successful, the Legislature would work to correct the situation with a new law.

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