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City of Los Angeles v. Alameda Books (doc. #: 00-799) (2002)  [Findlaw]
First Amendment claim denied

Secondary Link City of Los Angeles v. Alameda Books  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 12/04/2001
Decided 05/13/2002
Supreme Court Vote 4-1-4
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied.
IssueWhether a zoning ordinance prohibiting the operation of more than one adult entertainment business at a single location, including an adult bookstore and adult arcade, is constitutionally suspect because the city did not study the negative effects of such combinations of adult businesses but rather relied on judicially approved statutory precedent from other jurisdictions. Relevant Supreme Court case, Renton v. Playtime Theatres, Inc. (1986)
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion O’Connor, J., (for plurality joined by Rehnquist, C.J., Scalia, J. & Thomas, J.)
Concurring Opinion Scalia, J., & Kennedy, J. (concurring in judgment)
Dissenting Opinion Souter, J. (joined by Stevens, J., Ginsberg, J. & Breyer, J., joining in part)
Certiorari Granted 03/05/2001
Lower Court 9th Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied, Dist. Ct. order reversed.
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments - Transcript
Oral Arguments  [Oyez]
audio (Oyez)  [Oyez]
For Petitioner
City of L.A. / Michael L. Klekner

For Respondent
Alameda Books / John W. Weston

Briefs (collected in FindLaw)

Kevin K. Randolph
Michael A. Bamberger
Paul J. McGeady
Randall D.B. Tigue
Richard Ruda
News Stories & Commentary
Julie Hilden analysis (Findlaw)

Medill School of Journalism analysis

Panel - Lower Court
Circuit Judge Michael Daly Hawkins
Circuit Judges Robert Boochever
Sidney R. Thomas
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Opinion - Lower Court
Alameda Books v. City of Los Angeles (2000)

Hudson, David L., Jr., "Adult Entertainment & The Secondary Effects Doctrine: How a Zoning Regulation May Effect First Amendment Freedoms" (First Amendment Center, First Report, vol. 2, #1, May 2002)
Hudson, David L., Jr., "The Secondary Effects Doctrine: The Evisceration of First Amendment Freedoms," 37 Washburn Law Journal 55 (1997)
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