I'm Stoked!

Attorneys actually think I've got something worthwhile to say!

Just got a package from those attorneys at Penn State University, Robert Richards and Clay Calvert, which contained copies of their article for the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. The article's title is "The 2008 Federal Obscenity Conviction of Paul Little and What It Reveals About Obscenity Law and Prosecutions" — and I'm quoted and referred to throughout!

Basically, the article covers the Little (aka Max Hardcore) trial from the beginning — they've written about the case previously as it was unfolding — and they quote from interviews with Little's attorneys Jeffrey Douglas and Lou Sirkin, as well as me (who went to Tampa and filed daily reports on the trial, all of which can be found on AVN's website) and Larry Flynt, plus they quote from various stories I've written about the trial, about then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey, about Extreme Associates and about the Five Star Video case in Phoenix last year.

It's a fun read, but I have to take issue with Footnote #7: "The First Amendment's guarantee of free speech does not protect obscenity." I beg to differ: The amendment is pretty clear, and there's no "except" after "freedom of speech, or of the press." I understand the Supreme Court says obscenity isn't protected, but they are wrong, and I continue to hope that some future Court will correct that error, and posthumously pardon all the adult book and moviemakers they've wrongly fined and imprisoned.

Anyway, those who want to see a copy of this article can probably get a reprint from:

Vanderbilt University Law School, 131  21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203-1811.

Sorry; don't know how much it'll cost.

Or, sometime in the (I'm guessing) fairly near future, you'll be able to read it free online by going here.


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