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January 26, 2015

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Court won’t stop Nevada from banning brothel ads

The Supreme Court is refusing to invalidate Nevada laws banning newspaper advertisements identifying places where prostitution is legal.

The court on Tuesday refused to hear an appeal from two newspaper companies, the American Civil Liberties Union and a Nye County brothel called the Shady Lady Ranch.

Laws went into effect in Nevada in 1979 prohibiting brothel advertising in counties where prostitution is illegal. Prostitution is illegal in five counties _ which include Las Vegas and Reno _ and 10 Nevada counties authorize prostitution by local ordinance.

A federal judge said those laws were overly broad and unconstitutional but was overturned by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The case is Coyote Publishing Inc. v. Masto, 10-564.

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  1. Find it interesting that Nevada would ban advertising for the Brothels in other counties.

    There are many places in this country and world that gambling yet there is no ban on Casinos advertising in those areas.

    I know that commercial speech is not as protected as other speed by the 1st Amendment but there appears to be a double standard being used here.

    Why won't the court even hear the case?

  2. There has never been a shortage of sex in this country, only a shortage of money to pay for it.

  3. You got that right SunJon,...the way things are going we'll all be homeless fighting over doorways to sleep in. We have much more pressing issues than prostitution