Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Good Sense in Saline County
Recall that following a petition drive, a grand jury had been empanelled in Saline County, Kansas, to look into whether obscenity charges should be brought against two adult stores in the town of Salina. The fifteen-person jury, which could have met for 3 months, took less than a month to decide not to return indictments. The Kansas anti-obscenity activists first try to have charges filed by the County Attorney. If that fails -- as it has so far in Saline County -- they then use the petition/grand jury route. In neighboring Dickinson County, a similar petition drive hit a snag, but the County Attorney there stepped into the breach by filing charges.