Monday, November 21, 2005

Little Sisters Bookstore Still Fighting for Life

(Link) Vancouver's celebrated queer bookstore and art emporium continues its battle against Canadian Customs, which deems all adult fare "obscene." But who's going to pay the lawyers?

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LNewsEditor said...

JIC Post:
From Brandon Sun Online

OTTAWA (CP) - The Supreme Court of Canada will review the question of whether a gay bookstore should have its legal costs paid for what it calls a battle against censorship by Canada Customs.

Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium of Vancouver has been fighting for two decades against the seizure of imported books by customs authorities who deem the material obscene. The latest episode involves adult comic books dealing with gay bondage and sadomasochistic themes.

The bookstore won a ruling in 2004 granting unspecified legal costs, but that decision was reversed this year by the B.C. Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court, in a decision released without comment, agreed to take another look at the matter. No date has been set for a hearing.

The bookstore won a previous judgment from the top court in 2000, saying Little Sisters had suffered excessive and unnecessary prejudice at the hands of customs officials.