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November 23, 2014

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Judge rules against federal government in Crazy Horse Too case

U.S. District Judge Philip Pro this morning denied a motion by federal prosecutors to postpone Monday’s city-imposed deadline to sell the Crazy Horse Too, leaving the fate of the closed topless club hanging in the balance.

The order is a blow to the government’s efforts to get a maximum sale price for the Crazy Horse Too so that its former owner Rick Rizzolo can pay off some $29 million in debts associated with the property. Those debts include $9 million owed to a Kansas City area man who was left paralyzed following a 2001 fight at the club.

In his eight-page order, Pro said that it was premature for him to take action and that he had no constitutional grounds to challenge the city zoning ordinances setting the deadline.

Pro also blamed the government for the “dilemma” it now faces.

“The United States could have attempted to obtain or extend the license and permits for the forfeited property by operating the Crazy Horse Too directly or through a receiver,” he wrote. “It chose not to do it.”

Pro said the government “must bear the consequences of its decision.”

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