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Clayton smoker lights up lawsuit against ban

Just about six months after Clayton banned smoking in parks, one resident is making the city defend its ordinance in court.

Plaintiff Arthur Gallagher, front, and civil rights attorney Bevis Schock, center left, smoke Thursday with lawyer Hugh A. Eastwood, center right, and law clerk Russell Anhalt on a Clayton sidewalk by Shaw Park. Gallagher and Eastwood decided after a service at The Church of St. Michael & St. George to file a lawsuit against the city of Clayton challenging its outdoor smoking ban in parks and other areas. It’s legal to smoke on the sidewalk, but the four lean into Shaw Park, daring to cross a line to make their point.

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