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Appeals court weighing Indiana strip club dispute

November 5, 2014

A federal appeals court is now considering whether northeastern Indiana city officials acted properly when they prevented a strip club from opening.

Attorneys for the city of Angola and Showgirl III owners Alva and Sandra Butler presented oral arguments before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Tuesday.

A federal judge in January upheld the rezoning decision that prevented the club from opening in the city about 40 miles north of Fort Wayne.

The Herald-Republican reports an attorney for the Butlers told the appeals court that Angola officials "went into a panic" and wrongly changed the city's zoning rules.

The appeals court didn't say when its decision would be released.

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