A Nevada brothel owner has filed a 1st Amendment law suit after he was forced to cover up a road sign
to the brothel.
Dennis Hof alleges that Nye County officials pressured him into censoring a street sign. An image on the sign near Love Ranch South depicted stick figures apparently preparing to engage in sexual activity.
The brothel owner covered the image before county officials stripped his license. However he noted in the suit that this censorship is not voluntary:
it is done out of fear of prosecution or other governmental retaliation for the speech. This fear is not merely theoretical, but is the natural result of law enforcement threats, delivered to plaintiffs at the behest of the Nye County Official.
County Commissioner Dan Schinhofen directed that the sign be censored because he did not like the content of the sign and exercised unfettered discretion in seeking to censor the sign's content expression.
Hof, who is seeking unspecified damages, asked a judge to prevent county officials from enforcing censorship of the sign.