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SCOTUS Tells N.H. To File Response In ‘Free the Nipple’ Appeal, Signaling Court's Interest

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The U.S. Supreme Court has asked New Hampshire to respond to the appeal of three protesters from the “Free the Nipple” movement.

The women were arrested in Laconia after going topless at Weirs Beach. They argued that the city’s law banning the exposure of female nipples is unconstitutional.

After the state Supreme Court upheld the Laconia ordinance, the women appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices haven’t accepted the appeal yet, and New Hampshire initially waived its right to reply in the case.

But now, the court has directed New Hampshire to file a response by Oct. 15.

The protesters’ lawyer, Eric Isaacson, says it “means someone on the court has taken [an] interest in the case.”

The Supreme Court would decide this fall whether to hear it in their upcoming term.

Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.

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