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Thin Mints and the Constitution — Two Girl Scouts Ask Court to Take Up Their Case

Kevin Killeen
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CLAYTON, MO–(KMOX)–Back in court for round two, Girl Scouts Caitlin and Abigail Mills ask a judge to hear their case against a Hazelwood ordinance preventing them from selling Girl Scout cookies from a table in their driveway.

“Can the city constitutionally do that?” said attorney Dave Roland of the Freedom Center, “That’s the big question that we’re trying to get the courts to answer. But Hazelwood city attorneys still insist that the courts should not answer this question.”

Hazlewood has argued that the issue comes under the authority of its board of zoning adjustment — that the city has the right to regulate a cookie operation so ambitious it creates traffic backups, noise and safety issues in a residential neighborhood.

Judge Richard Bresnahan is expected to take a week to six months to decide whether to hear the case.

After being ordered last year to cease their front lawn operation, the sisters sold their Girl Scout cookies this season in front of a sympathetic church.

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