Criminal Law

NH Court Upholds Beach Ban on Bare-Breasted Ladies

Slamming a razor-thin vote that upheld a New Hampshire beach town’s ban on topless women, the dissenting justices accused the majority Friday of upending the safeguards of equal protection.

“The majority’s conclusion that a lesser standard applies turns the clock back to the era before the adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment — a bygone era when women were the victims of pervasive discrimination and this court rejected challenges to laws that treated men and women differently,” Justice James Basset wrote, joined by Justice Gary Hicks.

Recalling a 1955 ruling where the court upheld a …

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