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Judge rejects argument linking public nudity to free speech in S.F. case

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge rejected arguments Thursday that disrobing in public was protected political speech akin to flag burning.

US District Judge Edward Chen made his comments during a 90-minute hearing held to consider San Francisco’s new public nudity ban, which requires the covering of ‘‘genitals, perineum, and anal region.’’ It is set to go into effect on Feb. 1.

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