Mini-mall picketers upset over nudity

Can court bar church members from protesting strip club?

Slauson Partnership owns a mini-mall shopping center. Four of the 16 stores were leased to a club known as Imperial Showgirls, which offers nude entertainment from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The small shopping center occupies 1.26 acres, with public sidewalks on all four sides. Richard is pastor of a church located about 1,000 feet from the club. His 200 members objected to the club and began picketing when the club opened. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. But Slauson sought an injunction against Richard and his protesting parishioners because they were allegedly interfering with customers of the 12 other businesses in the shopping center. At the trial, Slauson presented evidence the protestors were discouraging patrons from shopping with the other businesses in the shopping center. Slauson asked for an injunction restricting picketing to the public sidewalks outside the shopping center. But Richard argued he and his church members have a constitutional right to protest operation of the st...