3/15/2005

Alabama Getaway

There's this from USA Today:
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge to an Alabama law that makes it a crime to sell sex toys. The high court refused to hear an appeal by a group of individuals who regularly use sexual devices and by two vendors who argued the case raised important issues about the scope of the constitutional right to sexual privacy. The law prohibited the distribution of "any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs." First-time violators can face a fine of up to $10,000 and as much as one year in jail. The law, adopted in 1998, allowed the sale of ordinary vibrators and body massagers that are not designed or marketed primarily as sexual aids. It exempted sales of sexual devices "for a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purpose."

Then there's this from WHNT-TV News in Alabama:
A woman arrested for holding an anti-war poster at Auburn University Montgomery during President Bush's Social Security speech last week was released by a Montgomery magistrate, who said the protester was expressing her right to free speech. According to a police report, the woman was handcuffed because she refused to protest inside a predetermined area on campus where other protesters demonstrated. The woman held a sign reading "Stop the War!" outside the gym where Bush was speaking last Thursday. She refused to give her name to authorities and is listed as Jane Doe in court documents. She was released from the Montgomery County jail Thursday evening when Chief Magistrate Patrick Murphy said the sign was a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment. Murphy said the woman did not have to identify herself because there was no probable cause she committed a crime.

I was born and raised in Bama. No wonder I'm such a head case. It's a confusing place.

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