Saturday, June 14, 2008

Adults only

I figured this was going to have to happen after the information about the Judge's web site broke.

Pretty amazing.

Judge declares mistrial in LA obscenity case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge under scrutiny for posting sexually explicit material on his own Web site declared a mistrial Friday in an obscenity trial over which he was presiding.
Judge Alex Kozinski said he would ask that the case be assigned to another judge.

Kozinski is chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals but was serving as a trial judge in a federal obscenity prosecution of a man who distributed videos showing bestiality and extreme fetishes.

"In light of the public controversy surrounding my involvement in this case, I have concluded that there is a manifest necessity to declare a mistrial," Kozinski wrote in his order.

The material Kozinski had on his Web site included photos of naked women on all fours painted to look like cows and of a man cavorting with a sexually aroused farm animal, according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported about the images in a Wednesday story. The extreme pornography at the center of the trial depicted extreme fetishes, including bestiality, violence against women and sexual activity involving feces and urine.

The postings on the judge's Web site came to light earlier this week when opening statements were under way. The trial was suspended Wednesday after jurors had already watched some of the videos.