Queensland judge searches for lap dance

03 March 2012 By Lawyers Weekly

Searching for 'lap dance' online isn't unusual for some, but a Queensland magistrate who used a web dictionary to define the term may think twice before he Googles again.The Southport District…

Searching for 'lap dance' online isn't unusual for some, but a Queensland magistrate who used a web dictionary to define the term may think twice before he Googles again.

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The Southport District Court overruled the magistrate's ruling that the Crazy Horse Night Club breached the Liquor Act by 'touting' sexually explicit entertainment outside the club because he got the definition of the words 'lap dance' from Wiktionary.org, reports the goldcoast.com.au.

While the nature of 'touting' was settled by the Oxford English, the magistrate didn't give the defence a chance to dispute Wiktionary's definition of lap dance as "A very erotic form of entertainment typically at a gentlemen's club, where the naked or nearly-nude individual is dancing essentially on the customer's lap".

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It seems quite definitive to Folklaw, but Judge John Newton ruled there had been a denial of 'natural justice', a term still looking for a Wiktionary entry, as lawyers had not been allowed to argue over what a lap dance really means - a topic that is no doubt hotly debated by them on a regular basis outside of court...

Queensland judge searches for lap dance
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