Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It's Mary Beth to the rescue

I guess we all owe a big “thank you” to U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan, who has wasted federal resources to protect us from something that was no threat to us whatsoever. Robert Zicari and his wife, Janet Romano, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Pittsburgh after a long legal battle stemming from their California company's distribution of videos depicting deviant sexual conduct, including scenes of simulated rape. Buchanan based her prosecution on the contention that the couple's videos violated community standards on obscenity. But these videos were not broadly disseminated in any community. They were sold to people who wanted to view them. Opponents of such video depictions might argue that they encourage sick people to commit similar sex crimes. But it also could be argued that if people used those videos to get their jollies, they might be less likely to act on their sexual fantasies. The case was tossed out by a federal judge in 2005, but Buchanan got that ruling overturned on appeal. She says Wednesday's guilty pleas vindicated her office. Actually, no. It probably just means that Zicari and Romano ran out of money to keep fighting Big Brother.



Blogger {cher} said...

i hope she feels she did her good deed for the year. what a waste of legalities.

March 11, 2009 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

I’ve already found a new case for Ms. Buchanan. Here's the lead from a new movie column by Steve Persall of the St. Petersburg Times:

“Wes Craven turned movie horror on its severed ear in 1972, unleashing The Last House on the Left to an audience unaccustomed to such blunt depravity on screen. It felt like a snuff film, undistracted by conventional movie technique while depicting rape, murder and gruesome retribution.”

Hurry, Ms. Buchanan, and prosecute Wes Craven before he dies of old age.

March 11, 2009 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

Is there a document online that details what, exactly, "our" community standards are?

While I am not a fan of what was at the heart of this case, it's not like I couldn't get the same material online for free...

Back to the original question, though... I am curious what the guidelines for "decent" material would be... and I'd like to know if they would accept my input as to things that should be added to the list of obscenities...

I could probably come up with some stuff that suck Ms. Buchanan's eyeballs out her... well... it would curl her toes, to say the least :-)

March 11, 2009 at 7:49 PM  

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