Vice Squad
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Supremes: Alabama Gets to Keep Its Far-Sighted Law!

The US Supreme Court has not taken up an appeal from a district appellate court decision that upheld Alabama's state law banning the sale of sex toys. (The refusal to hear the case does not imply Supreme Court blessing of the appellate court result.) So Alabama can continue to threaten those who sell vibrators with up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine. Spontaneous parades and gleeful street festivals have sprouted all over Alabama, from residents pleased that their state -- almost uniquely (OK, along with Texas and Georgia) -- will remain free from the scourge of sex toy sales.

Thanks to a friend of Vice Squad for the pointer. This friend writes in from Japan, "where anyone can buy Hello Kitty vibrators at the local Denny's-equivalent."

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