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Posted at 5:45 PM ET, 04/ 9/2010

Alcohol ad ban for Va. student papers

By Washington Post editors


A divided federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that ended Virginia’s ban on alcohol advertising in student newspapers.

In a 2-1 ruling Friday, a panel of the 4th U.S. District Court of Appeals in Richmond concluded that the ban did not violate the free-speech rights of Virginia Tech’s Collegiate Times and the University of Virginia’s Cavalier Daily.

A U.S. magistrate in 2008 concluded the ban did limit the newspapers’ free-speech rights and said there was no proof the ban deterred drinking by college students under age 21. The state appealed.

The student newspapers could appeal the panel’s ruling to the full court.

-- Associated Press


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By Washington Post editors  | April 9, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  University of Virginia, virginia tech  
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Those aged 18-20 are also adults and not "kids" or "teens", meaning they shouldn't be called those words. The intolerant 4th U.S. District of Appeals has done wrong by upholding the ban of alcohol advertisement in college and university newspapers. It's nonsense that college and university newspapers can't advertise alcohol, this is because of ageism but the U.S. Magistrate is correct in that the nonsense law doesn't decrease alcohol consumption by young women and young who are 18-20. To advance fairness, it's always wise to not go through the 4th U.S. District Court of Appeals.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | April 9, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

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