Lawyer sues over candy ban

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PHOENIX, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- An Arizona lawyer is threatening to sue because he was barred from bringing pastries and jawbreakers into a courthouse.

Gene Gulinson, who practices in Phoenix, said his treatment at the Highland Justice Court in Gilbert damaged his reputation, The Arizona Republic reported. He is seeking $75,000 from the town.


Gulinson, in his notice of claim, said he has brought candy into courthouses dozens of times over the past 30 years without any trouble.

The trouble began when Gulinson went to the courthouse for a pretrial conference with a client who had two traffic tickets. He said guards first told him he could not enter carrying a bag of pastries a client had given him.

After he got rid of the pastries, guards searched his briefcase and found the jawbreakers.

A town spokeswoman said food is not allowed in the court, although Gilbert makes an exception for babies.

Gilbert has grown from a farm town with fewer than 6,000 residents in 1980 to a suburb of Phoenix with a population of more than 200,000.

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