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Strip joint must change name

UPI News Service, 02/09/2007 

A strip club in Memphis has struck an agreement with prosecutors allowing it to reopen in 10 months with a clean record and a new name.

The Black Tail Shake Joint, with a name that is a series of double entendres, faced a claim of being a public nuisance. The agreement with owner Charles "Jerry" Westlund does not affect prostitution charges filed against several former dancers, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.

Westlund, who owns three other strip clubs, must keep the club shuttered until Dec. 10. He is also barred from selling it to anyone for use as an adult entertainment venue.

"Obviously, as a result of being closed for 10 months, the owner is going to suffer a significant financial loss," Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons said in a news conference in front of the club.

But the club, once it reopens, starts fresh. While authorities can bring new charges if they believe the club has crossed the line, any past charges cannot be used in a legal case.

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