August 04, 2008
Still not safe for sex toys

I'm sad to say that the war on sex toys is not quite over yet, though clearly a corner has been turned.

A federal appeals court turned down Attorney General Greg Abbott's attempt to reinstate a ban on the sale and marketing of sex toys Friday, upholding its previous ruling that the prohibition violated Texans' right to privacy.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in February had struck down the Texas law, which made it illegal to sell or promote obscene devices.

The attorney general sought a rehearing on the matter, decided by a panel of judges. The state argued that the full court should have a chance to rule, but the court turned down the request and said any appeal would have to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Abbott spokesman Tom Kelley said the state hasn't decided yet if it will appeal the ruling.

A state holds its collective breath while our Attorney General decides to continue his crackdown on dildo dealers. I really don't think I want to pursue that train of thought any further, so I'll just say link via BOR and leave it at that.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 04, 2008 to Crime and Punishment

I hope he'll have the common sense not to appeal. The plaintiffs are probably licking their lips and salivating at this very minute.

Posted by: Ron in Houston on August 4, 2008 9:28 AM


Posted by: Nancy on August 4, 2008 3:27 PM
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