A Los Angeles jury has just found Ira Isaacs guilty on all five counts in his obscenity trial.
The jury began deliberating the charges of producing, selling and shipping the four charged movies:
Mako's First Time Scat,
Hollywood Scat Amateurs 7 and 10,
Japanese Doggie 3 Way
Isaacs looked pensive as the jury filed into the courtroom, and was visibly shaken as the jury foreman read the guilty verdicts on the five counts, each of which could net him five years in (likely) a minimum security federal prison.
Isaacs' attorney Roger Jon Diamond told AVN that he felt his client had several grounds for appeal, but a final decision as to whether Isaacs will appeal the verdicts has not yet been reached.
Offsite Comment: If Porn Isn't Art, Does It Still Have a Right to Exist?
Ira Isaacs basic defence was that hi work was art.
3rd May 2012. See article
, thanks to Nick
Obviously Hollywood Scat Amateurs #10 was never intended to be art, and that's the real problem with the art argument: it covers up what's truly valuable about these films, which is that they allow us to critique of the notion of obscenity itself.
The California obscenity statute defines prurience as a morbid, degrading, unhealthy interest in sex. But this sells all sexual minorities down the river. Is it more degrading to see a representation of your desire, or be deemed perverted
by the state? In 2012, should the state still be passing judgment on the consensual sex lives of others?
In the end, the jury pronounced Isaacs guilty on all counts and got home before rush hour. That's not surprising, given that they'd been instructed not to consider what a deviant subset might find normal, or even what they themselves might find
normal, but instead to imagine the values of the community at large. Even in Central District of California---the home not only of the nation's porn industry, but also of bedroom communities from San Luis Obispo to Orange County---that leaves a lot of
room for sexual missteps.
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