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Memphis strip clubs received a reprieve this week from a beer ban the club owners claim will drive them out of business if it ever takes effect. District Judge Bernice Donald Tuesday stayed enforcement of the new strip club ordinance in Memphis and unincorporated parts of Shelby County. The new rules, including a ban on any beer or alcoholic beverages in the clubs, was to take effect starting Wednesday at one minute past midnight.
Donald had refused to delay enforcement of the new rules with a temporary injunction just last week. The owners of seven strip clubs, all in the city of Memphis, sought the injunction pending the outcome of their suit against the city and county governments.
Since Donald's ruling last week, their attorneys have appealed her denial to the Sixth U. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Donald ordered enforcement of the ordinance stayed Tuesday until that appeal is decided. In her order she wrote, "Most importantly, the delay for appellate review will be of short duration. The legal tests for granting a stay because of an appeal are less stringent than those for a stay. Donald's ruling is the strip clubs still are unlikely to win their court case. But she agreed with their attorneys that no matter what the ultimate decision is, the case involves serious legal issues.
The court challenge claims the rules requiring dancers, other employees and even owners to undergo criminal background checks and get permits as well as restrictions that move dancers farther away from customers are violations of constitutional guarantees to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners approved the ordinance last year. It applies to Memphis unless or until the Memphis City Council enacts its own ordinance.
It is based and backed by state law. The council considered a Herenton administration-backed version of the ordinance that would have permitted beer in the clubs. But the council delayed a final vote on the ordinance indefinitely citing the pending court case, which could take years to be decided, including appeals by whichever side loses at the district court level. Still pending before U. Magistrate Thomas Anderson is a request to stay enforcement of the ordinance by adult bookstore owners who are also affected by the ordinance.
They have filed a separate lawsuit in Memphis federal court challenging its constitutionality.Memphis adult clubs
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