Indictment Signals New Federal War On Porn

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Federal obscenity charges filed yesterday against a Los Angeles area wholesaler of adult films is the first of a Justice Department wave of criminal cases against purveyors of pornography, the Los Angeles Times says.

The Times says the 10-count indictment against Extreme Associates and its executives raised alarm among adult entertainment companies in the San Fernando Valley, the capital of the nation’s multibillion-dollar pornography industry.

Attorney General John Ashcroft has promised a crackdown on distributors of adult entertainment material, much as his predecessor Edwin Meese III did in the 1980s. The Justice Department will “continue to focus our efforts on targeted obscenity prosecutions that will deter others from producing and distributing obscene material,” Ashcroft said.

“This is just another form of harassment by the government,” said William Lyon, executive director of the Free Speech Coalition, a trade group for the adult entertainment industry.

Extreme Associates produces movies such as “Extreme Teen #24” and “Forced Entry – Directors Cut,” which depict the fictional rapes and murders of women. The company is known for its line of hyper-aggressive adult films.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-obscene8aug08,1,4964652.story?coll=la-home-headlines

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