by Bob Geary
Another tough break for the palace in Roanoke Rapids formerly known as the Randy Parton Theater.
Let's see if the Republicans in Raleigh change directions now and let them stay open — w/ campaign contributions cheerfully accepted.
Supreme Court upholds state ban on video sweepstakes machines - ow.ly/g6GBs #ncga #ncpol
— NC Policy Watch (@NCPolicyWatch) December 14, 2012
A unanimous Supreme Court opinion, with a sharp rebuke to the plaintiffs written by Justice Robin Hudson.
In a word, Ouch!
Plaintiffs have attempted to “skillfully disguise[ ]” conduct with a façade of speech to gain First Amendment protection for their conduct. Lipkin, 169 N.C. at 329, 169 N.C. at 271, 84 S.E. at 343. We have “strip[ped] the transaction of all its thin and false apparel and consider[ed] it in its very nakedness,” id., and have found plaintiffs‟ arguments unavailing. We conclude that N.C.G.S. § 14-306.4 regulates conduct, with only incidental burdens on associated speech, and is therefore constitutional.