The showdown between the city and JoAn Karkos ended Friday even though Karkos failed to return a library book she has deemed obscene. Karkos will not be ordered to jail for violating a judge’s orders. The city will not continue trying to wrest from her a copy of “It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health.” There will be no national debate drawn to Lewiston based on the arrest of a 64-year-old grandmother. City leaders believe they made the right choice by choosing to drop the matter. Karkos, they say, still has to pay a $100 fine and cannot return to the library until she does so.
So can I assume I can go to the library and take whatever I want now?