The lawyers for the Penthouse Club may know their way around the First Amendment. Spelling? Not so much.
The strip club on Eight Mile in northwest Detroit sued Gov. Rick Snyder in federal court Tuesday, challenging the constitutionality of a state law that took effect last month that makes their sign of a buxom blonde in a red dress illegal. Adult businesses with signs featuring anything other than words, numbers and logos now can be fined up to $10,000 a day
But instead of Gov. Snyder, the club’s lawsuit has 17 references to Gov. Rick Schneider. The official title of the case as it was filed with the court has the correct spelling.
“I spelled it right once,” said Tim Murphy, the club’s attorney. “I did it to make him mad.”
While the slip-up is a bit embarrassing, Murphy told the City Hall Insider that readers should note that the club was smart enough to file a lawsuit before they were actually fined. Murphy argues that let them pick their venue to hear the case in federal court rather than a state court with elected judges who are more likely to be politically motivated.
City officials haven’t said whether they are going to start ticketing the clubs over the new law.
The City Hall Insider is the last person to throw stones over misspellings. Let’s just say if The News’ copy editors had a nickel for every time they bailed us out, the piggy bank would break.