Vice Squad
Friday, May 06, 2005
More on US Obscenity

First, apologies for the lack of posting recently. This negligence has been characterized by many loyal Vice Squad readers as an "obscenity" in itself (and by many other readers as a "welcome relief.") Second, the Guardian recently offered this listing of recent US federal obscenity cases. The list of cases is incomplete, however, as the following excerpt from this story indicates:
Since 2001, 40 people and businesses have been convicted and 20 additional indictments are pending, said Andrew Oosterbaan, chief of the Justice Department's child exploitation and obscenity section. By comparison, there were four such prosecutions during the eight years of the Clinton administration, he said.
And once again, although I can find no mention of it at the Justice Department website, various anti-obscenity groups such as Concerned Women for America are praising the formation of an "Obscenity Prosecution Task Force" at the Department of Justice. Why are they always the first to know?

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