Vice Squad
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
 
Keeping Up With the Joneses


Dickinson County, Kansas, has decided to put lots of resources to a good cause, that of trying to use the criminal law to shut down (or change the product mix of) an adult store. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and now the good people of Saline County want in on the act:
One group of Salina residents say they're opposed to two stores within the city limits that sell pornographic material. They're working to gather 476 signatures to force a grand jury investigation of the stores, claiming they violate state obscenity laws as Salina residents interpret them.
The Saline County Attorney has the good sense to suggest that they might want to wait to see how things turn out in Dickinson County (and Ellsworth County, where apparently a similar proceeding is under way). Not everyone is enamored of her temporizing: "People against the adult businesses say they shouldn't wait because the issue is too important."

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