PITTSBURGH - U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster has set a March 16 trial date for the long-dormant federal obscenity case against Extreme Associates.

Extreme Associates owner Rob Black and his wife, director Lizzie Borden, were indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2003 on 10 counts of distributing obscene material.

Judge Lancaster dismissed the charges in January 2005. Prosecutor Mary Beth Buchanan appealed the decision to the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which overturned Lancaster's ruling in December 2005.

The case finally began to move forward again after a status hearing in August, five years after the original indictment was handed down.

Rob Black and Lizzie Borden could face up to 50 years in prison and a $2.5 million fine if convicted of the charges. Extreme Associates could be fined up to $5 million.

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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review