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After the city banned alcohol sales, the club filed suit. Over the course of the lengthy litigation, Sandy Springs repeatedly amended its ordinance to eliminate purported unconstitutional provisions and the strip club amended its lawsuit eight times.
In her decision, Grant summed up the heart of the Coronet Club’s case.
“(The strip club) argues that by prohibiting the profitable combination of live nudity and alcohol, the city will effectively eliminate constitutionally protected conduct; that is, nude dance,” she wrote. “But constitutional protections are extended to speech and expression, not to profits.”
Both the First Amendment and the free speech provision of the Georgia Constitution protect nude dancing as a form of expressive conduct, Grant added. “But some limitation on the time, place or manner of such expression is constitutionally permissible, as are appropriately limited regulations targeting the negative secondary effects of adult entertainment establishments.”