The Nation: De Minimis Non Curat Lex

A traditional byword of American bluestockingism is "banned in Boston." And when it comes to obscenity Elijah Adlow, chief justice of the Boston Municipal Court, is something of a hard-nose. Yet last week he lodged a rather curious protest against lewdness: he dismissed the case against a stripper who got carried away.

It seems that Lusia Ferrus, an attraction at Boston's Normandy Lounge, neglected to stop at the required pasties and G string. She was promptly busted. Noting the salacious slaverings in X-rated movies the police are constantly shutting down, Adlow let Lusia go. Said the judge: "This was my personal protest...

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