- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The city of Jackson is paying $38,000 to attorneys who successfully fought a former mayor’s efforts to shut down a strip club.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1GObr3y ) a federal judge recently order the payments.

The City Council agreed Tuesday to pay attorney fees to Luke Charles Lirot of Clearwater, Florida, and Chris Ganner of Jackson.

In 2009, U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate ruled the rights of Babes Showclub’s owners were violated when the city forced it shut down in 2006 after police cited it for having an invalid adult entertainment license. The order allowed the club to reopen.

The late Mayor Frank Melton said in 2006 that he wanted to close down adult entertainment in the city.

Wingate granted Babes’ request for a restraining order, saying the city violated its own adult entertainment ordinance by not acting on the club’s application for a license in a timely manner and by granting the club temporary licenses, which the ordinance does not allow.

Wingate granted the club’s owner, J & B Entertainment, a total of $84,574 in damages for the 24 days the club was closed and the four months that the club spent re-establishing itself. He also allowed the owners to recover its taxable costs, including attorney fees.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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