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ACLU sues over Idaho nude-booze law

BOISE -- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho, along with Co-counsel Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham, of Ferguson Durham, PLLC and Jack Van Valkenburgh of Van Valkenburgh Law, PLLC, filed a lawsuit today against Idaho State Police officials on behalf of the Visual Arts Collective, Alley Repertory Theater, and Boise performance artist Anne McDonald. The lawsuit challenges an Idaho statute that censors artistic expression in venues licensed to serve alcohol. The lawsuit contends the statute violates constitutional rights to free expression, equal protection and due process.

“Idaho’s alcoholic beverage laws are unconstitutional because of the limits placed on free speech and artistic expression in Idaho. We are asking the court to strike down the statute so that Idahoans have the opportunity to enjoy the arts without government censorship,” Deborah Ferguson of Ferguson Durham, the Boise law firm that prevailed in striking down Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban in 2014. More here.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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