Peep Show Laws To Get Closer Look

2 Adult Video Stores Challenge Licensing

August 15, 1991|By Paul Shread | Paul Shread,Staff writer

Two adult bookstores have gone to federal court to challenge a county law that requires a license to show adult videos.

Annapolis RoadBooks in Odenton filed suit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Tuesday, and 2020 News in Parole filed suit last week.

Annapolis Road Books claims the law is vague and allows officialsto deny licenses for reasons other than constitutional concerns.

Deputy County Attorney David Plymyer said he believes the county's law can withstand a constitutional challenge.

"We believe we have the defenses to their claims, and we will defend the Class Y licensing process," Plymyer said.

The Odenton suit also seeks to overturn a moratorium on new licenses approved by the County Council last week. The moratorium gives county officials until Dec. 1 to develop new guidelines regulating peep shows.

Both businesses have been showing peep shows without the required Class Y license. County officials wentto court last week to get 2020 News to stop showing the videos.

The Parole store will continue to show the videos until the case is heard in court, Plymyer said.

The Odenton store agreed to halt the practice until it can obtain a license.

County councilmen Edward Middlebrooks, D-Severn, and David Boschert, D-Crownsville, proposed themoratorium after business in Glen Burnie and Odenton applied for licenses to show peep shows.

Because of community opposition, the twocompanies dropped plans to show the videos. The Glen Burnie store opened as an adult bookstore this week.

Tim Umbreit, attorney for the two companies, said the businesses have no plans to reapply for Class Y licenses, but said they might do so if the lawsuits were settledfavorably.

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