Vice Squad
Friday, January 13, 2006
 
Hope Remains for an Anti-Porn Campaign


About one year ago, a trial judge engaged in some connect-the-dots reasoning to throw out federal obsenity charges against the proprieters of the hardcore pornographic film distributor Extreme Associates. Last month, a three-judge appeals court panel unanimously overturned the ruling. Their reasoning? It isn't the balliwick of mere judges to engage in connect-the-dots reasoning. Only the justices of the Supreme Court can overturn precedent. Here's the Adult Video News (not work safe) story. Will Baude predicted this turn of events, incidentally, and provided the controlling case that the appeals panel cited. Next stop is a possible en banc review, but I suspect that the appeals court ruling will survive any scrutiny at that level.

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