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Dad's Conviction For 'Obscenity-As-To-Minors' Overturned

ST. GEORGE, Utah—Many AVN readers may not be aware of this, but pretty much from the invention of photography until about the 1970s, a common societal meme was the idea that it was really cute to photograph a baby crawling around on a bearsk...

Legalese Column: What Happens at an Obscenity Trial

This article originally ran in the June 2017 issue of AVN magazine. Click here to see the digital magazine. In the March and April issues of AVN magazine, this columnist addressed the specter of anti-porn prosecutions and what to watch out for wh...

After the Search: Obscenity Busts and 2257 Inspections

This article originally ran as the cover story of the April 2017 issue of AVN magazine. Click here to see the digital edition. They have executed a search warrant on your premises. They probably took your computers. If you learn anything fro...

Op-Ed: 'Obscenity Law Explained'...By An Ignoramus

CYBERSPACE—The National Center On Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has a reputation for hardly ever getting anything right when it comes to adult entertainment, and specifically pornography—and their latest "PornHarms" YouTube video, starri...

UK Attorney Has Great Idea: Crowdfunding Obscenity Defense

MALDON, UK—Anyone remember Myles Jackman? He doesn't make news much in the States, but back in 2012, he was the defense attorney in the high-profile obscenity trial of former London prosecutor and alderman Simon Walsh. Those interested can r...

New Music Video Recalls Landmark '60s Obscenity Case

CYBERSPACE—The 1960s were a heyday of obscenity prosecutions in the U.S., and believe it or not, not even a relatively liberal state like California was immune. Among those convicted for obscenity in those days were famous names like Reuben ...

Sunny Leone Answers 'Obscenity' Complaint Filed in India

MUMBAI, India—Canadian-born Sunny Leone, who appeared in sexual roles in just 44 XXX-rated movies between 2005 and 2012—all either solo, girl/girl or with her husband Ariel King (who now goes by his real name, Daniel Weber)—has r...

Sunny Leone Named in Mumbai Obscenity Complaint

MUMBAI, India—The Hindustan Times reports that performer Sunny Leone has been named in an obscenity complaint registered by a social worker who claims that videos and photographs allegedly put up by Leone on a website “corrupt youngste...

Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky: 'Repeal Obscenity Laws'

IRVINE, Calif.—Few will mistake UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky for anything but a dyed-in-the-wool liberal. He currently represents one of the inmates at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center; he disagrees with the U.S. Supreme Co...

Ninth Circuit Panel Hears Ira Isaacs Obscenity Appeal

PASADENA, Calif.—Ira Isaacs once again found himself in court in Pasadena, though this time as an appellant rather than as a defendant—but the security detail at the building which locally houses the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reme...

Florida Store Owner Charged With Obscenity

DUNDEE, Fla.—Polk County is at it again. The county that charged adult performer Kimberly Kupps with 13 felonies for the distribution and sale of obscene materials has arrested a gas station owner on similar offenses. After a tip they receiv...

Attorney Charged With Obscenity Offenses Under 2008 UK Law

KINGSTON UPON THAMES, UK—Simon Walsh used to be an alderman of the city of London, not to mention one of its law department's prosecutors. He also happens to be, as he admitted to police, a fan of BDSM, coprophilia and "urethral sounding," w...

Isaacs Guilty On All Counts in L.A. Obscenity Trial

LOS ANGELES—After deliberating for less than two hours, a Los Angeles jury has just found Ira Isaacs guilty on all five counts in his obscenity trial that has been going on since Monday of this week. "I'm very disappointed with this outcome,...

Mr. Cranky Takes NY Times to Task for 'Harmful Obscenity'

FIRSTAMENDMENTVILLE—In late February, The New York Times editorialized about the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime to lie about having served in the military or about having been honored by the government for having done so. The court...

Hung Jury In Ira Isaacs Obscenity Case—UPDATED

LOS ANGELES—In a development that should make waves throughout both the adult entertainment community and religious pro-censorship groups, the Los Angeles jury which spent three days last week listening to testimony as to why online retailer...

Isaacs Obscenity Case Goes to the Jury

LOS ANGELES—The week-long obscenity trial of producer and online retailer Ira Isaacs drew closer to its conclusion today as the prosecution played for the jury its final charged video, Japanese Doggie 3 Way, then rested its case. The movie, ...

Jury Selected, Testimony Begins in Isaacs Obscenity Trial

LOS ANGELES—With the obscenity trial of producer/retailer Ira Isaacs entering its third day, an early morning conference between Justice Department attorneys Damon King and Michael Grant, defense attorney Roger Jon Diamond and Judge George H...

Jury Selection Begins in Latest Ira Isaacs Obscenity Trial

LOS ANGELES—Jury selection in the second obscenity trial of producer Ira Isaacs began today, more than a year after the agreed-upon retrial date, and more than four years after Judge Alex Kozinski declared a mistrial in Isaacs' original pros...

Alvin Greene Cops A Plea to S.C. Obscenity Charge

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Pity poor Alvin Greene. Having risen from complete obscurity to become the Democratic challenger to incumbent Jim DeMint's seat in the 2010 U.S. Senate race—besting the far better-known judge and state legislator Vic Raw...

Polk County Couple Charged with Obscenity for Homemade Porn

POLK COUNTY, Fla.—Big Brother is at it again in Polk County. An amateur performer who shoots under the name Kimberly Kupps and her husband were arrested by Polk County Florida deputies this weekend following a three month investigation into ...

Turn MIM's Obscenity Call Day Into A Sexual Freedom Day

NEW YORK CITY—Patrick Trueman, former Justice Department prosecutor, creator of pornharms.org and now CEO of Morality in Media (MIM), has a great idea! "We've got a great idea!" a Letter to Supporters emailed this morning said. "Today we had...

Seminar Updates AEE Attendees On Obscenity, 2257 and More

LAS VEGAS—This year's Arthur Schwartz Legal Seminar featured some of the country's top First Amendment attorneys giving attendees the low-down on the latest threats facing the adult industry, as well as some of the victories scored over the ...

City Fakes Obscenity Charges Against Adult Store

TWIN FALLS, Id.—Seems somebody in Twin Falls government didn't like the "ADULTS XXX" sign hanging on Allen Nagel's Smokin' Head Smoke Shop, so even though they recognized the sign as completely legal, city officials nonetheless conspired to ...

Injunction Granted Against Revised Mass. Obscenity Law

CYBERSPACE—A federal judge handed free speech advocates a victory yesterday when she granted a motion for a preliminary injunction in a case involving a recently amended section of a Massachusetts statute supposed to protect minors from sexu...

Not Guilty Verdict in Arkansas Obscenity Trial

(The following account was predominantly written by First Amendment attorney J.D. Obenberger and reflect his personal observations of the trial. Additional comments by defense attorneys H. Louis Sirkin and Jamie Benjamin have been added to round o...

Alvin: Time To Call FALA On Your Obscenity Charge? (UPDATED)

MANNING, S.C.—The wackiest South Carolina political race in a long time just got a little wackier, as a grand jury in Richland County indicted Democratic senatorial candidate Alvin Greene on August 13 on one felony count of "disseminating, p...