Kittery, Maine Compels Capital Video Outlet to Alter Viewing Booths

June 2006 – Portsmouth Herald (Maine) – “…Kittery recently passed an ordinance that requires the owners of Amazing.net, located on Route 236, to remove the doors from the viewing booths. Once again, the ordinance was based on public health concerns because – just as had happened in Portsmouth – officials found semen on the walls and seats of the booths.

“And, once again, the owner of the adult store – in this case, Capital Video Corp. – is attempting to fight the ordinance in court. On Wednesday, a York County Superior Court judge rejected the owner’s call for a temporary restraining order that would have freed the shop from having to comply with the new ordinance.

“‘There is no fundamental liberty interest to view sexually explicit materials in a closed viewing booth at a business,’ Superior Court Judge Paul Fritzsche ruled.

“…While Fritzsche’s ruling should have settled the issue, the main legal action brought by Capital Video claiming the town violated the company’s constitutional right to privacy remains active. No date for a trial on the merits of that claim has been set…”

Read more about Kittery’s experience with Capital Video’s store in these articles, all from 2006:

January 6, “Sex shop roils locals”
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/01062006/…

January 18, “Owner of adult shop promises improvement”
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/01182006/…

February 14, “Input sought on revised sex shop ordinance”
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/02142006/…

February 28, “Tougher rules set for sex-shop video booths”
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/02282006/…

March 6, “Adult video store ordinance protects public”
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/03062006/…

June 1, “Amazing.net needs to clean up act, store”
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/06012006/…

June 1, “Porn retailer faces big fines”
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/06012006/…

June 2, “Legal action to be taken against porn shop”
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/06022006/…

June 7, “Amazing.net obeys new town ordinance”
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/06072006/…

June 15, “Porn shop complying with codes, police say”
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/06152006/…

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