PacSun T-shirt battle not over for Orem mom

Posted at 6:50 AM, Mar 14, 2014

OREM, Utah -- The Orem woman who bought more than $550 worth of what she calls offensive T-shirts is hoping to change one of Utah's laws.

Judy Cox bought the shirts from the PacSun store in the University Mall in February.

Cox filed a complaint with Orem City saying the shirts violated community standards, but city attorneys said they won't cite the store because they couldn't win in court. They also said the case does not rise to the level of criminal charges.

"This would not be something that we would be able to prosecute criminally without a potential violation of constitutional rights," Orem City spokesperson Charlene Crozier said. "We just don't believe that is a lawsuit that we could win and it would be a very expensive undertaking to try."

On Tuesday, city leaders listened to residents about the issue. Cox said many are concerned about not being able to enforce the laws already on the books.

"What we need to do is we need to strengthen our laws," Cox said. "It's obvious that they are not strong enough to uphold what is written on the books, so we need to strengthen those."

Cox said she plans on returning the shirts as long as they won't be put back on display. She said if that's the case, she has other options like destroying them  or selling them and donating the money to organizations that educate people about the harms of pornography.