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July 4, 2015

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Court won’t stop Nevada from banning brothel ads

The Supreme Court is refusing to invalidate Nevada laws banning newspaper advertisements identifying places where prostitution is legal.

The court on Tuesday refused to hear an appeal from two newspaper companies, the American Civil Liberties Union and a Nye County brothel called the Shady Lady Ranch.

Laws went into effect in Nevada in 1979 prohibiting brothel advertising in counties where prostitution is illegal. Prostitution is illegal in five counties _ which include Las Vegas and Reno _ and 10 Nevada counties authorize prostitution by local ordinance.

A federal judge said those laws were overly broad and unconstitutional but was overturned by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The case is Coyote Publishing Inc. v. Masto, 10-564.

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