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Porn Producer Fighting Rare Obscenity Case

on Tuesday, 13 July 2010. Hits 612

The American Lawyer

Stagliano criticized federal obscenity laws as "a bad law partly also because you don't know you're breaking it in advance."


on Sunday, 11 July 2010. Hits 572

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

The club is owned and operated by the same company that ran the now-closed Club Utopia, a local swingers' club that was at the Harvester building on the ...

Review board: Officers should be disciplined in Eagle raid

on Thursday, 17 June 2010. Hits 1585

Review board: Officers should be disciplined in Eagle raid

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Two Atlanta police officers should be disciplined for arresting a man who lived in an apartment above The Eagle while the bar was being raided last year, a panel of citizens said Thursday night.

David Shepherd, who worked at the bar, was off Sept. 10,  when dozens of officers arrived at the Ponce de Leon bar. But when two officers knocked on his apartment door, Shepherd, who was watching television, was told to go downstairs, according to his complaint filed with the Citizen Review Board.

Even though he wasn't working in the bar, Shepherd was arrested and charged with operating a business without a license and not having a current permit, making it a false arrest, according to the CRB.

"He did not commit this offense on the date and time listed on the citation," Cristina Beamud, executive director of the board, said at the meeting. "On Sept. 10, 2009, this man was guilty of watching TV."

City officials have said the raid was conducted after citizen complaints of illegal sexual activity. Those complaints prompted undercover officers to visit the bar in May and June, months before the September raid. The night of the raid, bar patrons were ordered to the floor while officers looked for drugs and checked for any outstanding warrants.

No drugs or outstanding warrants were found, board vice chairman Seth Kirschenbaum said. No evidence of illegal sexual activity was found either, he said.

"Nothing happens, and then in September, a crowd of police officers from more than one unit was organized to go to The Eagle bar to conduct this raid," Kirschenbaum said. Kirschenbaum's three-year term on the board ended after Thursday's meeting.

The board voted to recommend that Sgt. John Brock be given a three-day suspension for his role in Shepherd's arrest. The board suggested another officer, Sgt. B.E. Bridges, be issued a letter of reprimand.

Board members also anticipate receiving additional complaints from those involved in the raid at The Eagle. Although individual officers should be disciplined, board members said the entire incident is an example of bigger problems within the police department.

"They were doing what they were told to do," Kirschenbaum said of the officers. "We should find out who ordered this, and whether or not they violated the law."

Epidemic growth of Net porn cited

on Thursday, 17 June 2010. Hits 1344

'Epidemic' growth of Net porn cited

Washington Times

By Rachel B. Duke THE WASHINGTON TIMES Congress must ensure that obscenity laws are enforced so that children are not exposed to pornography on the Internet ...

Have the Feds gone soft on porn?

Mother Jones

On Tuesday, a group of anti-porn activists and scholars arrived on Capitol Hill to brief members of Congress and their staffs and to call for beefed-up federal enforcement of obscenity laws. They weren't there to fret about the pornographers of old: the loveable chauvinist Hugh Hefner and his scantily clad bunnies, or even the not-so-loveable-but-occasionally-principled First Amendment crusader, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt. No, they had come to alert Congress to websites like, whose teasers alone are way more graphic than anything Hefner ever published, and whose content doesn't portend a spirited First Amendment defense.

Durrer: Adult website encounter goes awry

on Friday, 28 May 2010. Hits 1243

Culpeper Star Exponent
The judge also imposed a rather unusual condition, ruling that Senter may not participate in any BDSM or sexual fetish activities in any capacity while out ...

Frankly, that's not necessarily a point one would want made on a show where one is discussing the illegality of federal obscenity laws. ...

Alternative Lifestyle Campground Voted Down

on Wednesday, 26 May 2010. Hits 745

WRTV Indianapolis

The campsite got plenty of attention after a swingers website promoted a planned event in rural Morgan County last month, 6News' Ericka Flye reported. 

Las Vegas Sun

He argues that the denial made no sense given that he would have been practically next door to another swingers club. The lawsuit, filed Friday by Cooper's 

on Thursday, 06 May 2010. Hits 1

There are fairly strict obscenity laws in this country affecting language and body parts on TV and in movies. Yet, this applies only to those media that ...



The swingers club opened in Port Richey back in 2007. From the very beginning, neighbors protested it and even circulated a petition to try to get rid of it ...



Under the guise of zoning regulations, county law enforcement is attempting to push the swingers club out of its location and out of business. ...

Media Update - 2010-04-28

on Wednesday, 28 April 2010. Hits 1309

New York Times

Sadomasochism clubs, many organized online, are flourishing. Many are new, such as one in the city of Baoding in Hebei Province. 

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