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SCOTUS declines New Albany ordinance case

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The Supreme Court of the United States won’t take a case from New Albany about the city’s battle to close an adult book and movie store.

Denying a writ of certiorari request in New Albany v. New Albany DVD LLC, No. 09-1027, the nation’s top justices declined to accept a case from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The SCOTUS allowed the Indiana Family Institute and International Municipal Lawyers Association to file amicus briefs in the case, but denied the petition for writ of certiorari. This was the second case the justices declined to take from Indiana last week.

That means a 7th Circuit decision from September remains in place; the city must present clear evidence that the adult bookstore is causing excessive litter, crime, or other problems before it can impose additional restrictions on its operations. The store can remain open pending a hearing on those issues. Judge Sarah Evans Barker in Indianapolis had ruled against the city, granting an injunction that stopped New Albany from enforcing its ordinance and allowing the store to remain open.

 

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  1. Major social engineering imposed by judicial order well in advance of democratic change, has been the story of the whole post ww2 period. Contraception, desegregation, abortion, gay marriage: all rammed down the throats of Americans who didn't vote to change existing laws on any such thing, by the unelected lifetime tenure Supreme court heirarchs. Maybe people came to accept those things once imposed upon them, but, that's accommodation not acceptance; and surely not democracy. So let's quit lying to the kids telling them this is a democracy. Some sort of oligarchy, but no democracy that's for sure, and it never was. A bourgeois republic from day one.

  2. JD Massur, yes, brings to mind a similar stand at a Texas Mission in 1836. Or Vladivostok in 1918. As you seemingly gloat, to the victors go the spoils ... let the looting begin, right?

  3. I always wondered why high fence deer hunting was frowned upon? I guess you need to keep the population steady. If you don't, no one can enjoy hunting! Thanks for the post! Fence

  4. Whether you support "gay marriage" or not is not the issue. The issue is whether the SCOTUS can extract from an unmentionable somewhere the notion that the Constitution forbids government "interference" in the "right" to marry. Just imagine time-traveling to Philadelphia in 1787. Ask James Madison if the document he and his fellows just wrote allowed him- or forbade government to "interfere" with- his "right" to marry George Washington? He would have immediately- and justly- summoned the Sergeant-at-Arms to throw your sorry self out into the street. Far from being a day of liberation, this is a day of capitulation by the Rule of Law to the Rule of What's Happening Now.

  5. With today's ruling, AG Zoeller's arguments in the cases of Obamacare and Same-sex Marriage can be relegated to the ash heap of history. 0-fer

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