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Judge's injunction put a stop to house of prostitution

2011-12-30T00:00:00Z Judge's injunction put a stop to house of prostitutionArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 30, 2011 12:00 am  • 

In this year leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Dec. 5, 1912

Judge Cooper issued an order yesterday, enjoining the people of that section of the red light district known as Number 12, from running a house of prostitution. This order came as the result of a suit brought by H. Buehman versus Mrs. J. H. Adams, of El Paso, and others. The court decided in favor of Buehman, and number 12 was closed for the second time within a year.

Buehman has been fighting the red light district of the city for years. The decision of the lower court, settled for a time at least, one of the big contentions of the city. It is reported that the decision of the superior court will be appealed to the supreme court for a reversal of verdict.

Closed a year ago

A year ago yesterday the entire red light district was closed in Tucson by the action of Judge Campbell, who was on the bench of the district court. Judge Campbell was empowered to do this, it is said by the Edmunds act. When Arizona became a state, this act ceased to have power and the red light was reopened.

It was brought out during the late trial by Buehman that Number 12, and in fact the whole red light district, disturbed him. Its presence decreased the value of his property and made his home practically uninhabitable. It was on this account that the suit was brought.

It is supposed by several of the legal fraternity, in the city, that the decision of the lower court will be reversed. If the decision stands, it means that Tucson may no longer have a red light district.

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