Ban On Dance Is Being Tried Again In Appeals Court

Solicitor General Christopher Browning Tuesday urged a three-judge panel of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court's ruling that some provisions of the law are so broad that they're unconstitutional. Christie's Cabaret in Greensboro filed a lawsuit challenging the law in 2001. U.S. District Judge Carlton Tilley struck down the law, and the appeals court upheld his decision. Lawmakers revised the statute in 2003 but kept a ban on dance moves that simulate sex acts or the fondling of certain body parts. Christie's Cabaret sued again, and Tilley ruled last November the law still prohibits protected expression. The club's attorney told the appeals court that Tilley was correct. The appeals court usually rules several weeks after hearing arguments.