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Thongs No Longer Required Attire in Justice O’Connor’s Corrected Opinion

Posted Mar 28, 2008 8:02 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A federal appeals court opinion written by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor had contained a startling statement: Patrons of state parks in Florida are required to wear thongs and bikini tops.

Apparently that is not the official policy after all, under a revised opinion (PDF) issued today, How Appealing reports.

O’Connor’s original March 18 opinion (PDF posted by How Appealing) for a panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had contained this description of a Supreme Court case: “The plaintiff there had filed a lawsuit claiming the state's ‘bathing suit’ rule, which required all patrons of state parks to wear a thong and (if female) a bikini top, violated the First Amendment."

How Appealing’s Howard Bashman pointed out that O’Connor should have written that the rule required patrons, “at a minimum,” to wear a thong and bikini top.

The new opinion adds “at a minimum” to the description of the rule.

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