Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dick Bryant, attorney for adult businesses, lays out a legal defense of beautiful, naked breasts

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 11:15 AM

click to enlarge Attorney Dick Bryant is ready on behalf of Missouri's strip clubs.
  • Attorney Dick Bryant is ready on behalf of Missouri's strip clubs.

Before state representatives passed legislation that would criminalize unregulated nipples, Democratic state Rep. Curt Dougherty filed papers, called reps and did everything short of beg for a fiscal review to see how much killing strip clubs would cost the state. The Republican leadership just ignored him. But as we note in this week's feature, "Exit Boobies," that sneering dismissal could cost them in court.

Dick Bryant is the attorney representing Missouri's chapter of the Association of Club Executives (ACE), a sort of trade union for adult business owners. He already has the lawsuit ready to go assuming Gov. Jay Nixon signs the bill, or just washes his hands of it and lets it slide into law through his own inaction.

Bryant calls ignoring Dougherty's request the foundation for the "significant Missouri Constitutional challenge."

"The state constitution requires a thorough analysis of every bill, especially when it's requested," Bryant says. "Having a committee review that is not just some fluffy thing where they sit around and say, 'We should think about this, we should think about that.' It's a constitutional mandate."

Bryant dismissed reports from the bill's supporters that most cities wouldn't be financially affected, saying that they only focus on towns that don't have any adult businesses.

"Centralia, Missouri, said 'Yeah, this won't hurt us any,'" he says. "But of course not, because they don't have any strip clubs. Talk to the cities that actually have the businesses."

Bryant blames the refusal to give Dougherty a fiscal hearing on inside political pressures and says questioning motives will be part of the depositions, if a lawsuit is filed.

"From what I can see, [Dougherty] did everything he was supposed to," Bryant says. "He did what he was supposed to in writing. He did what he was supposed to orally by asking. There has to be some reason he's being told no. And maybe that's just because no one wanted to look bad in the next election. If they had the guts to say what everyone there actually thinks and say, 'Yes these businesses generate tax dollars and no one is forcing you to go into them so just stay out of them if you don't like them,' well, we might all be better off all around."

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