'Can't dance - don't ask me...'
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Source: MusicDish/Mi2N - April 29, 2002
Seattle kids have neither a constitutional right to dance, nor a First
Amendment right to associate, a US District Court Judge Robert Lasnik has
In 1985, Seattle enacted its controversial Teen Dance Ordinance
(TDO - SMC Ch. 6.294) in response to the problems of, "runaway children,
drug abuse and abuse of children" associated with certain teen dance clubs,
says the full text of Judge Lasnik's ruling at http://www.wawd.uscourts.gov/
Upholding the TDO in JAMPAC (Joint Artists and Music Promotions Action
Committee) vs The City of Seattle, Judge Lasnik decided the 17-year-old
ordinance, "regulates conduct and not speech."
Saying JAMPAC will appeal and look into its "legislative options," executive
director Angel Combs remarked, "We are surprised and disappointed in
Lasnik's ruling and feel this cannot stand as a matter of law."
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