Friday, July 02, 2004

Canada must fund constitutional challenge: The Globe and Mail reports that a judge has ordered the federal government to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Vancouver gay bookstore to fund a constitutional challenge to the power of Canadian customs to seize and censore imported material. The challenge involves the seizure of two imported books and two Meatman comic books that featured "gay sado-masochistic themes." The judge's order is the first application of a law that allows government funding for those who could not otherwise afford to pursue constitutional litigation.