Judge J. Phil Gilbert, of the U.S. District Court for the southern district of Illinois, located in Benton, handed down his decision in the Metro Pony LLC v. City of Metropolis case on Friday.
"The court ruled in favor of the City of Metropolis on every point, every argument that was submitted," city attorney Rick Abell said Monday night as he briefly discussed the decision with the Metropolis City Council. "Every issue that was contested by the Metro Pony, the court ruled in favor of the City of Metropolis. It was a clear and decisive ruling."
The city's first sexually oriented business ordinance, Ordinance 2011-2 was passed Feb. 14, 2011. It amends the city code, adding "Chapter 117: Sexually Oriented Business, Establishing Licensing Requirements and Regulations for Sexually Oriented Businesses within Metropolis." The ordinance also amends the code's Chapter 110, adding a prohibited conduct code to the chapter regarding alcohol. Going on record with the ordinance are over 1200 pages of legislative record and other information in support of the ordinance.
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