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Will Failed D.C. Porn Case Dampen Fed Prosecutors’ Zeal?

John Stagliano/facebook photo
John Stagliano/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — In courtroom 18 in the sterile D.C. federal courthouse, Justice Department prosecutors earlier this month tried nailing a major producer of adult pornography on obscenity charges.

The lawyers, part of the department’s Obscenity Prosecution Task Force, spent four days presenting their case against California porn producer John Stagliano (aka “Buttman”), who had been indicted in 2008, during the final year of the Bush administration. As part of their case, prosecutors even played pornographic videos with names like “Milk Nymph” for the jurors.

But before the defense could even present its side, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon dismissed the case, saying the government had failed to prove the most basic of issues: that the defendant and two related companies were linked to porno videos that the government claimed went beyond the acceptable community standards.

The judge also raised questions about core issues in the case.

“I hope the government will learn a lesson from its experience,” declared Leon, who voiced concerns about the issues of obscenity statute, the Internet, free speech and criminal rights, according to The Washington Post. “I hope that [higher] courts and Congress will give greater guidance to judges in whose courtrooms these cases will be tried.”

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Skeptical D.C. Fed Judge Dismisses Charges in Major Porn Trial Against “Buttman”

John Stagliano/facebook photo

John Stagliano/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A D.C. federal judge, saying he hoped “the government will learn a lesson from its experience”, dismissed a major obscenity case against a major porn producer, John A. Stagliano, aka “Buttman”, the Washington Post reported.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon dismissed the case before the Calif.-based Stagliano of Evil Angel Productions could present a defense, the Post reported, calling the Justice Department’s Obscenity Prosecution Task Force case in the four days of trial “woefully insufficient”, the Post reported.

“I hope the government will learn a lesson from its experience,” Leon said, according to the Post.

The Post reported that he cited “difficult, challenging and novel questions” in the case involving decades-old federal obscenity statutes, the Internet, free speech and criminal defendants’ rights.

“I hope that [higher] courts and Congress will give greater guidance to judges in whose courtrooms these cases will be tried,” he said, according to the Post.

The Post reported that prosecutors did not comment.

The Post reported that Justice Department statistics show 361 defendants were charged with obscenity violations under the Bush II regime, nearly twice as many as under Clinton.

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