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February 24, 2011

On February 22, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear arguments against a Nevada ban of brothel advertisements, allowing the law and a decision from the 9th Circuit to stand.

The law prohibits advisements for brothels in any city or county where prostitution is illegal, including the state's population centers of Clark County and Washoe County. After a strong First Amendment victory in the District Court, the 9th Circuit ruled that the state has an interest in minimizing public exposure to prostitution, even though prostitution is legal in most counties in Nevada.

The ACLU of Nevada, representing brothel owner Bobbi Davis, West Wendover High Desert Advocate, and Las Vegas City Life, challenged the law on the grounds that it is overly broad and violates First Amendment protection for advertising vice activities. 

The Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case allows the law to stand. 

Read more about the ruling: "U.S. Supreme Court won't stop Nevada from banning brothel ads" - Las Vegas Review-Journal

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