The Georgia Supreme Court this morning upheld the right of young women under the age of 21 to shed their clothes at locales in Atlanta where alcohol is served.
Five young erotic dancers had challenged a city ordinance that prohibited those too young to drink from entering a business where alcohol is sold.
Deanna Willis, Danielle Barbee, Ashlie Startley, Olivia Almeida and Rachel Haxo were dancers at the Cheetah Lounge strip club when the City enacted the ordinance in 2007. At the time, all five were either 19 or 20 years old.
The court found that the local law conflicts with two state laws. “It is clear that the Legislature’s intent is to allow persons who are over the age of 18 but not yet 21 years old to dispense, serve, sell or handle alcoholic beverages as part of their employment,” the opinion written by Chief Justice Carol Hunstein reads.
The decision was brief and unanimous.
Click here for a summary of several decisions released Monday by the court.
The state Supreme Court also upheld the use of touch-screen voting machines.
Garland Favorito and seven others had sued the state, arguing that the machines don’t produce a paper trail that can be audited and don’t protect against fraudulent manipulation.
A Fulton County judge had granted a summary judgment in the state’s favor, determining a trial was unnecessary. The Supreme Court agreed.
A trio of GOP candidates have run into trouble for using letting their Bulldogish natures show up on campaign literature, in trademark form. This from the University of Georgia’s campus newspaper, the Red & Black:
Three politicians running for Georgia governor and Georgia senate in 2010 remain ambiguous as to whether or not their campaigns will stop using the University’s registered trademarks on campaign materials.
The three politicians – gubernatorial candidates John Oxendine and Eric Johnson and state senator David Shafer – did not seek or gain permission from the University to use its trademarks, according to Assistant Athletic Director Alan Thomas.
On Friday evening, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss wasn’t the only politician cited in a pay-for-play piece by ABC News, but he was by far the most prominently displayed. Click here to watch.
The story focused on the abuse of leadership PACs by several members of Congress — to inflate their lifestyles, says ABC.
While you ponder that, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Chattahoochee now chock-full of E. coli. Cuts hit Fayette County teachers hardest. Banks draft big names for their boards. Pumped-up city pensions squeeze Atlanta. Mayoral candidates lobby for gay vote. How Atlanta lured College Football Hall of Fame.
Cynthia Tucker on the deserving elderly vs. not-so-deserving kids. Kyle Wingfield tells about a Georgia professor’s fight for due process. Cobb: What has Oudin done for us? Oh, so much.
From elsewhere in Georgia:
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer: Man charged in deputy’s death had been booked at least 16 times before.
NYT: Iranian protester flees after telling of torture. NYT: William Safire, political columnist and oracle of language, dies at 79. The Times of London: Britain’s top general backs request for more troops in Afghanistan. WP: Diverse sources, not just poppies, fund insurgency in Afghanistan.
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