Law: Incongruity at the High Court

Justices shield nude dancing, but not indigent parents

Like bookshelves and airline seating, court dockets can make for strange juxtapositions. Last week the Supreme Court handed down notable decisions that were as disparate as their subjects: while it held that the First Amendment protects nude dancing from being completely zoned out of a commercial area, it also ruled that the 14th Amendment does not automatically give poor parents the right to free legal assistance at parental termination hearings.

A Mantle for Nude Dancing

The nudie show can go on in Mount Ephraim, N.J., a small (pop. 4,863) bedroom community near Camden and Philadelphia. At...

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