“From the time the criminal fine was imposed, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the judgment of the court as to whether, or whether, individuals should be sentenced to DeKalb County Jail for non-compliance. compliance with ordinances relating to non-violent violations of the municipal code. “, we read in the order. “The conditions at the prison and the risk to the safety of Morrison, other inmates and prison staff are of primary concern to the court.”
Stardust opened on Buford Highway in 2013 – shortly before Brookhaven passed its tougher law restricting sex shops. Stardust was located across from an apartment complex and next to the Pink Pony strip club, which pays a fee to the city to stay open.
The city’s ordinance regulating sex businesses was challenged in court but ultimately upheld. Morrison, who now owns Tokyo Valentino sex shops in metro Atlanta, said he expects Brookhaven to appeal the recent decision. In a statement, city spokesman Burke Brennan appeared to indicate that the long legal battle may be over.
“The City of Brookhaven recognizes the underlying context of the court’s decision. Sanctions are the prerogative of the court,” the statement said. “…illegal activity has been halted. These have always been the fundamental purposes of the city: to uphold its lawful ordinances and adhere to the rule of law.
Morrison wondered if residents thought the whole ordeal was worth it.
“Is this the right thing to do for the citizens of Brookhaven? Absolutely not,” he said. “You once spent a million dollars closing a store, and now it’s been replaced by a vape store. It just defies logic.