Monday, November 12, 2007

Can I Get An Amen?

Editorial: Porn prosecution is a waste of time:
Some citizens of Staunton may not like an adult video store. But it is a legal business.

Staunton Prosecutor Raymond Robertson is wasting time and taxpayers' money pursuing obscenity charges against an adult video store.

Obscenity cases are notoriously difficult to prosecute. Landmark court cases have made the definition of obscenity exceptionally -- and appropriately -- narrow.

To be considered criminally obscene, material must meet several tests, including a lack of any "serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value."

In addition, it must be found to violate contemporary community standards.

The best approach, then, to the opening of After Hours Video in Staunton would have been to leave it alone. If it manages to stay in business, then it obviously isn't violating community standards.
Let me repeat this gem: "If it manages to stay in business, then it obviously isn't violating community standards."

As Steven Colbert would say, let the free market speak.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Amanda said...

"If it manages to stay in business, then it obviously isn't violating community standards."

I think that pretty much stops any and all arugments against the adult industry. If no one wanted it, none of us would be here right now.

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November 13, 2007 10:41 AM  
Blogger Marketing Whore said...

It should stop the arguments, but it doesn't ~ not even with the very same people who use capitalism as a defense &/or battle cry elsewhere. It has me stymied, that's for sure.

November 13, 2007 12:47 PM  

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