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Judge turns away challenge to smoking ordinance

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A federal judge has denied a challenge to a smoking ordinance passed last year by the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council.

A group that includes 10 Indianapolis bar owners who are challenging the public smoking restrictions asked the court for an injunction to stop the city from enforcing the ordinance.

The ordinance, signed by Mayor Greg Ballard last April, expanded existing citywide restrictions against indoor public smoking to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms and most bars. Tobacco shops, hookah bars, existing not-for-profit private clubs and downtown's off-track betting parlor are exempt from the law.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young said "there is a rational basis to conclude that the smoking ordinance protects all people — owners, employees and patrons alike — from the harm of secondhand smoke."
 

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  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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