- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2002

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A federal judge threw out a ban on pacifiers, glow sticks and dust masks at "rave" parties held at a downtown theater, saying the restrictions violated partygoers' First Amendment rights.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous barred prosecutors from enforcing the ban at the theater where the all-night techno dance parties are held.
Many partygoers use glow sticks and pacifiers to enhance the effects of the drug Ecstasy, an illegal hallucinogen that is a favorite on the rave circuit.
The restrictions sought by federal prosecutors were part of a plea deal reached in June with three men who pleaded guilty to a federal law that makes it a crime to make a building available for the use of illegal drugs.
But in a ruling Friday, Judge Porteous said the agreement was unconstitutional: "The government cannot keep legal items out of places because of illegal activities they associate with them."


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