CINCINNATI (AP) — A six-year fight over whether to allow a strip club to open in the liberal southeastern Ohio college city of Athens is set to go to trial before a federal jury in Columbus next month.
Since 2007, Christopher Stotts and Demetrios Prokos have been trying to open a strip club along a main drag just north of the Ohio University campus in Athens.
The strip club-free city has stopped them at every step.
Louis Sirkin, the Cincinnati attorney who represents the businessmen, says the city's efforts to "legislate morality" have violated his clients' constitutional rights.
Chuck Curley, the Columbus attorney representing the city of Athens, declined to comment.
The trial is set for Jan. 13.
The case also has been heard before city boards, local courts and appeals panels.