Attorney Embroiled in Adoption Fraud Scheme Sued by Expecting American Families

Thirteen families who paid thousands of dollars in adoption fees to embattled attorney Paul Petersen filed a lawsuit in Arkansas Thursday seeking a constructive trust over their cases and funds days after federal authorities in three states indicted him on charges, including human smuggling, sale of a child and fraud.

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Sex Shop Zoning Law

The Eighth Circuit ruled that an Arkansas zoning law that prevents “adult-oriented” businesses from opening within 1,000 feet of schools is constitutional. A sex shop compared itself to CVS and Walgreens, but the items regulated by the zoning law are not staples of those general stores, so the shop’s equal protection claim failed. 

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