British Man Banned From Seeing Girlfriend Due to Loud Sex

August 14, 2008

A British man has been banned from visiting his girlfriend’s home after neighbors complained about noisy sex, a local government official said Thursday.

Adam Hinton, 32, was barred from getting within 100 meters (110 yards) of his 29-year-old girlfriend Kerry Norris’ apartment by a British court Wednesday, Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman Mike Taggart said.

Residents of Norris’s publicly-owned home had been complaining since 2006 about thumping music, banging headboards, and screamed obscenities, Taggart said. He added that a young child had been traumatized.

“There was a 6-year-old child who was subjected to the sort of obscenities you wouldn’t want a 6-year-old to hear,” Taggart said, adding that Norris also sunbathed naked in her yard in full view of passers-by.

“She is a classic nightmare neighbor,” he said. “There’s a salacious, smutty side to this case. But it’s not about sex, it’s about allowing your neighbors to have a normal decent life without being disturbed.”

Taggart said the city council in the southern English community sought the injunction banning Hinton from the apartment because Norris had ignored a previous court order demanding that she be more quiet.

Last week, Norris was forced to pay 300 pounds (US$560) in fines and court costs for breaking “noise abatement order,” Taggart said.

Neither Norris or Hinton could be located for comment.

Article by Raphael G. Satter


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Making Pot-Flavored Candy Illegal In Georgia

May 8, 2008

In Georgia, legislators are trying to pass a law banning the sale of “pot suckers” to minors. “Pot suckers” are marijuana-like flavored lollipops. Governor Sonny Perdue signed the bill into law on Wednesday, May 7t, 2008, banning the sale of these flavored products to minors with a fine up to $500 for each one sold. This law takes effect July 1st. This bill was intended to target businesses that sold the marijuana-inspired candies, like “Chronic Candy” and “Pot Suckers”, suggesting the candies promote drug use, even though the candies are completely drug-free themselves.

State Representative Judy Manning said she was shocked to receive death threats over the bill. “Some people think their rights are their rights,” she said.

Vote Hemp, a national organization that promotes the use of hemp products and tracks legislation, says the measure would make Georgia the first state to ban the sale of the candy to minors.