Can I Get An Amen?
Some citizens of Staunton may not like an adult video store. But it is a legal business.Let me repeat this gem: "If it manages to stay in business, then it obviously isn't violating community standards."
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.
As Steven Colbert would say, let the free market speak.
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