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PREATE REACTS TO COURT DECISION TO CONTINUE BOOKSTORE INJUNCTIONS

PREATE REACTS TO COURT DECISION TO CONTINUE BOOKSTORE INJUNCTIONS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. today had the following comment on Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Alex Bonavitacola's decision to continue the injunctions padlocking portions of three adult bookstores in Philadelphia:
 "The judge heard compelling testimony about the public health threat posed by the illicit, disease-spreading activities in these so-called bookstores and I believe his decision followed the law.
 "The judge's action is a blow to the operators of these businesses. It is the owners of the stores who profit by encouraging and facilitating these unlawful activities and it is the owners who are the focus of our legal efforts.
 "This is a major public health issue. I want the owners of commercial sex establishments of all kinds to know that we're going to keep the pressure on them until they clean up their act."
 The injunctions that remain in effect as a result of Judge Bonavitacola's order affect video booth sections of Danny's New Adam & Eve Bookstore, 133 S. 13th St., and Fantasy Island Bookstore, 7363 State Road, and both the video booth and "California Couch Dancing" sections of Book Bin East, 942 Market St.
 Preate's office has charged that males engaged in anonymous, unprotected sexual activity in the video booth sections of all three bookstores and that female employees engaged in prostitution in the "California Couch Dancing" section of Book Bin East.
 In his order, Judge Bonavitacola wrote that the sexual activity that has taken place in each of the establishments "is a means of spreading the HIV, and which may result in the fatal illness known as AIDS."
 "The operators of the bookstores have known about the illicit or illegal sexual activity which has taken place therein, and have had the means to prohibit them; however, they have failed to do so," the judge wrote.
 Bonavitacola concluded: "Great harm will be inflicted upon the citizens of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania if the defendants are not enjoined from maintaining video viewing booths where anonymous, unprotected sexual activity has taken place. Similarly, the citizens of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania will suffer irreparable harm if...Book Bin East continues to maintain an area which is utilized for 'California Couch Dancing.'"
 Preate noted that judges in four counties (Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and Philadelphia) have issued orders padlocking sections of adult bookstores in their counties in response to his office's crackdown, which began more than 1-1/2 years ago.
 The injunctions in Philadelphia are to remain in effect until hearings are held on the attorney general's request to entirely close the stores for a year under provisions of the Real Estate Act. No date has been set by the court for those hearings.
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 /CONTACT: Jack J. Lewis, assistant press secretary of the Office of Attorney General, 717-787-5211, or at home, 717-657-9840/ CO: Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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