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Va. ACLU files suit over ban on alcohol ads

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed a petition Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court to review an April ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that banned advertisements for alcoholic beverages in college student publications. The Court ruled in favor of The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control after The Cavalier Daily and the Collegiate Times student newspaper at Virginia Tech challenged the ban.

Virginia ABC declined to provide an opinion on the ACLU’s petition, but Public Affairs Director Becky Gettings stated in an e-mail, “The challenged regulation remains in effect at this time, and the office of the Attorney General will file an appropriate response to the petition.”

According to an ACLU press release, the Court made an error in judgment by concluding simply that there was a ‘common sense’ link between banning alcohol advertisements in college papers and decreasing the demand for alcohol among college students.

“In our view, the Court ignored all the evidence that there was no such connection,” ACLU legal director Rebecca Glenberg said.

Read the full story at the Daily Cavalier.

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