Obscenity Charge Dropped In Tx. Sex Toys Case

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A prosecutor dropped obscenity charges against a Texas woman for selling sex toys, reports the Cleburne Times-Review. Johnson County Tex. Attorney Bill Moore asked a judge to dimiss he case “in the interest of efficient application of justice in the use of county resources.” He did not elaborate. A pending law suit seeks to declare unconstitutional the state law under which she was prosecuted.

The code defines an obscene device as a simulated sexual organ or an item designed to stimulate the genitals. Adult stores commonly skirt the law by posting signs that say the devices are “sold only as novelties.” Joanne Webb was charged with promoting obscene items after she sold two vibrators to undercover police officers posing as a married couple. Webb sold what she calls “marital aids” as one of San Francisco-based Passion Parties Inc.’s 3,000 national consultants since June 2003.

Link: http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/articles/2004/07/17/news/top_story/top.txt

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