Nevada High Court
Upholds Law Restricting Lap Dancing
By: Carlos Martinez (Courtesy of AVN.com)
Carson City, Nev. - Those who like
their Las Vegas lap dances with some fondling and
caressing will have to go elsewhere after the Nevada
Supreme Court banned dancers from getting too hands-on
with their customers.
In a 5-2
decision Thursday, the high court upheld a Las Vegas
ordinance that bans exotic dancers from fondling or
caressing patrons to sexually arouse them, the Review-Journal
also bars touching by customers.
lawyer for some dancers said the measure effectively
bans lap dancing, the city says strippers can continue
to grind on their customers but must keep their hands
police had cited 14 dancers for violating the
ordinance for such activities as rubbing their breasts
on customersí faces and grinding their buttocks on
of Las Vegas dancers challenged the law and a lower
court agreed, saying the measure was too broad and
unconstitutional, prompting the high court to step in
and adjudicate the matter.
Justice Nancy Becker said the measure was aimed at
banning lap dancing, City Attorney Brad Jerbic said
lap dances are still legal but minus the touching.
Powell, a lawyer representing the dancers, said the
law makes it unclear about what kind of conduct is
prohibited in strip clubs. He added that the patron is
now just as liable as the dancer.
Lichtenstein, a lawyer for the Nevada chapter of the
American Civil Liberties Union, said that the law
makes lap dancing illegal in Las Vegas. The ACLU,
however, is not involved in the case.
ruling, however, would not affect a Clark County
ordinance on clubs which allows erotic dancersí
clothed pubic region and anus to make contact with a
patronís legs during performances.
is located in Clark County.
threw out a January 2005 ruling by District Judge
Sally Loehrer who ruled the ordinance was illegal and
unconstitutional. Loehrer said the law made it unclear
just what is allowed in strip clubs.
dancers said they are weighing their options about on
whether to proceed further with their case.