Sunday, December 17, 2006


Court rules in favor of topless protester

`The Ormond Beach grandmother who has challenged the city with topless protests won another court case Thursday when a judge ruled her breast-bearing demonstration outside Peabody Auditorium was not disorderly conduct.

Elizabeth Book has been in and out of court since 2004 when the activist bared her breasts in a First Amendment demonstration during Bike Week on the Main Street bridge.

She was acquitted that year after city attorneys took her to court claiming she violated the public nudity ordinance, but was soon at it again. Book, 44, pulled her top down on two more occasions in her crusade to decriminalize women who show their breasts and to encourage breast-feeding.’

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