Judge refuses to throw out civil rights lawsuit filed by strippers

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SAN DIEGO – A federal judge in San Diego has refused to throw out a civil rights lawsuit filed by nude dancers against the police department and its vice officers.

Judge M. James Lorenz rejected a request by the city attorney to dismiss a lawsuit filed by attorney Daniel Gilleon on behalf of nude dancers at Cheetahs.

His decision could lead to a trial with contrasting testimony by strippers and vice officers about what happened when the officers conducted inspections of Cheetahs lasting four hours on one occasion and 2-1/2 hours on another.

Lorenz, in an eight-page decision, rejected the city attorney’s assertion that the statute of limitations makes the civil rights allegations moot.

Gilleon said the Police Department is learning “that even strippers have 4th Amendment rights.”

Gilleon asserts the dancers’ 4th Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure, and their 1st Amendment freedom of speech rights, were violated by police when the dancers were forced to remain nude or semi-nude so police “could ostensibly photograph their tattoos.”

Read more of Tony Perry’s story at Los Angeles Times.

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