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Mar 9, 2012 5:49 AM by AP

Bar manager acquitted in Bourbon St. noise case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Bourbon Street bar manager hauled into court over the volume of music from the club he runs has been found not guilty by a New Orleans city judge.

Police said amplified music pouring out of the club "Bourbon Live" last November could be heard a block away and drowned out the voices on their radios when they stood outside the club. But defense lawyers for manager Justin Fitzpatrick complained that police didn't use noise meters to get an objective measure of the noise.

City lawyers argued Thursday that no such reading was needed because Fitzpatrick was charged not with noise violations but with using loudspeakers to draw customers into the club - a charge defense lawyers said could be used against most any Bourbon Street business.

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