Freedom of Speech is one of the most fundamental principles upon which our Country was built. Introduced by the Founding Fathers in the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution, it contains no ambiguity. Paid for in blood, by thousands of fellow Americans who fought and died so that future generations could possess, cherish, and pass this gift on, it has been vital to the past, present and future of our Great Nation. Yet, in present days it has become one of the most controversial issues and subjects for interpretation.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Georgia City Passes Adult Business Moratorium

By Eddie Adams, AVN Media Network

Posted: 12:00 AM PST Dec 27, 2006

Even though there are no strip clubs in the Georgia city, the Alpharetta City Council passed a resolution Monday declaring a 60-day moratorium on applications for adult businesses, according to a recently published report. The moratorium is designed to give City Attorney Sam Thomas time to review Alpharetta's ordinances to make sure they could effectively fence in any future applicants.
Retailers such as the Love Shack’s John Cornetta have evaluated the town for possible sites a few years ago, but gave up after finding the city lacked any good locations.
"Now it's too close to [the Love Shack] in Johns Creek," Cornetta told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "But it doesn't matter. I could knock down any ordinance they come up with."
According to the report, no one formally asked for the review, but City Councilwoman Debbie Gibson said she thought it would be a good idea.

"Every once in a while something like this comes along and we feel like it's a good idea to take a look at it," Gibson told reporters.
Alpharetta's ordinances tightly restrict the location of any adult establishments, limiting them to light industrial zoning areas, which are almost nonexistent in Alpharetta.
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the laws also spell out limitations on the proximity adult businesses may have to schools, day care facilities and churches, and to each other.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Love Shack Remains Open Despite Legal Opposition

By David Sullivan , AVN Media Network

Posted: 12:00 AM PST Dec 11, 2006

Adult retailer John Cornetta has won the latest round in the battle over his new 10,000 square-foot Love Shack emporium.
“They [Fulton County authorities] were going to arrest me this morning and padlock the doors,” Cornetta told “But the state Superior Court judge sided with me. Anybody who knows me knows that when it comes to censorship and First Amendment rights, I love a fight."
Cornetta opened the Love Shack on Nov. 29, despite the county’s refusal to grant him a business license. “There’s a law that gives you 30 days in which to apply for a license, so we’re in compliance with the law,” he explained. “I’ve also made sure that only 17 percent of my retail space was [devoted to] adult material – magazines, videos, toys. But they still refused to give me a license.”
The county plans to prosecute Cornetta in federal court, while the city of Johns Creek has indicated it will also take action to shut down the store. “I’m expecting another round of motions,” Cornetta remarked. “Johns Creek was just recently declared a city [on Dec. 1], and they still haven’t established all the rules. If I can prove that the store has been open prior to the establishment of the city, I might get grandfathered in.”
Cornetta notes that public reaction has been overwhelmingly in favor of the store – and business is brisk.
“We have a million dollars in inventory in this store, and a half-million in build-out,” he said. “It’s the largest store of its kind in Georgia. I’ve been all over the country to many different adult stores, and a lot of them are really impressive, but this one is the nicest I’ve seen.”

Friday, September 15, 2006

Adult Store Owner to Reapply For License Despite Denial

By: AVN Media Network

Posted: 12:00 AM PST Sep 15, 2006

The owner of an adult store said he would reapply for a business license despite the fact his previous application was denied by Fulton County.
John Cornetta, the owner of the Love Shack chain of adult video and novelty stores, went to federal court Thursday, seeking a temporary restraining order against the County, for refusing to grant him his license. But a federal judge denied Cornetta’s request which would have let him to open his store in a 10,000-square-foot building he purchased.
The county claims the building does not have the correct zoning for an adult business store.
Cornetta said he expected the court’s denial and said it wasn’t a setback in his suit against the county. He now says adult products would now amount to 25 percent of his inventory in order to comply with the county ordinance.
Last month, about 900 residents of the new city of Johns Creek gathered at Chattahoochee High School to discuss what to do about the proposed adult store which Cornetta said would be the largest adult store in the U.S.
Mayor Designate Mike Bodker said at the time that he developing a new adult business ordinance would be a priority for the new council when it convenes for the first time in December.
In July, Fulton County residents voted to form the new city in a special election.

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Gay community protests violent porn bill

By Marc Shoffman
September 7, 2006

Sections of the gay community have joined protests against proposed legislation which would make possession of violent and extreme pornographic material a crime.
The controversial law has been put through consultation by the Home Office after a campaign from family and friends of Jane Longhurst who was murdered in 2003 by a violent porn addict.
Graham Coutts was convicted of her murder in 2004 after Ms Longhurst was found strangled to death a year previously in West Sussex, during the case jurors were told of his obsession with strangulation and websites dedicated to the fetish.
Under the government proposals, it would become an offence to possess pornographic images depicting scenes of extreme sexual violence and other obscene material punishable by up to three years in prison.
But groups involved in bondage, domination and sadomasochistic (BDSM) activities claim the law is too vague and could lead to innocent people being prosecuted despite consenting to activities.
Louise Morris, a member of the BDSM community, told "I could well be an innocent victim of this new bill if it is made law.,,,read more

Sunday, February 19, 2006

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Sandra Day O'Connor warns of rightwing attacks says US risks edging near to dictatorship
Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after 24 years on the supreme court, has said the US is in danger of edging towards dictatorship if the party's rightwingers continue to attack the judiciary. In a strongly worded speech at Georgetown University, reported by National Public Radio and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Ms O'Connor took aim at Republican leaders whose repeated denunciations of the courts for alleged liberal bias.

Ms O'Connor, nominated by Ronald Reagan as the first woman supreme court justice, declared: "We must be ever-vigilant against those who would strong-arm the judiciary." She pointed to autocracies in the developing world and former Communist countries as lessons on where interference with the judiciary might lead. "It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings."

Ms O'Connor singled out a warning to the judiciary issued last year by Tom DeLay, the former Republican leader in the House of Representatives, over a court ruling in a controversial "right to die" case. After the decision last March that ordered a brain-dead woman in Florida, Terri Schiavo, removed from life support, Mr DeLay said: "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behaviour." Mr DeLay later called for the impeachment of judges involved in the Schiavo case, and called for more scrutiny of "an arrogant, out-of-control, unaccountable judiciary that thumbed their nose at Congress and the president".

Such threats, Ms O'Connor said, "pose a direct threat to our constitutional freedom", and she told the lawyers in her audience: "I want you to tune your ears to these attacks ... You have an obligation to speak up.
"Statutes and constitutions do not protect judicial independence - people do," the retired supreme court justice said.

Although appointed by a Republican, Ms O'Connor voted with the supreme court's liberals on some divisive issues, including abortion, making her a frequent target for criticism from the right. After announcing that she intended to retire last year at the age of 75, she was replaced in February this year by Samuel Alito, who is generally regarded as being more consistently conservative.