cj950627> netporn plants; 1st Amend. defenses


Richard Moore

Dear cyberjournal,

I've now made it back to Greenwich Mean Time after sojurns in California
and Kauai.  This week's in London, then back to Wexford.  Hope to be able
to make some refreshed contributions after so much holiday.

Below are a couple postings I forwarded to cyber-rights, which you may also
find of interest.


From: •••@••.•••
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 1995 10:47:36 -0400
To: •••@••.•••, •••@••.•••
Subject: Fascinating note re: netporn

>Date: 20 Jun 1995 02:54:09 -0800
>From: "Gary Lauder" <•••@••.•••>
>Subject: FWD>(Fwd) hmm...
>I thought this might interest you.
>-Gary Lauder
>Date: 6/16/95 9:49 PM
>From: •••@••.•••
>From: •••@••.••• (Randy Mills)
>Subject: Re: Undeniable Child Porn
>The Sub-genius (•••@••.•••) wrote:
>:       What the hell is the deal here?  All of the sudden, within the
>: past week, there has been undeniable kiddie porn on this NG.  It's
>: kinda weird that it is right before the Senate's vote on the Common
>: Decency act, don't you think?
>:       I have NEVER seen anything as blatant as some of the stuff
>: posted in the past week than in the last few years on usenet.  This
>: stuff is planted, folks.  No one seems to understand.
>I, for lack of better decription, "monitor" all the sex groups that
>usually have picts posted to them. I noticed that two days before the
>introduction of the "blue book" on the house floor, there was a flood of
>the EXACT images that anti-porn advocates, fundementalists, and
>politicians hold up as examples. I'm willing to lay money down that every
>single one of the child porn images that showed up in the various usenet
>groups also is in the blue book.
>We're all in for a rough ride here.

<A HREF="http://www.eff.org/~mech/">          Stanton McCandlish
</A><HR><A HREF="mailto:•••@••.•••">        •••@••.•••
</A><P><A HREF="http://www.eff.org/">         Electronic Frontier Foundation
</A><P><A HREF="http://www.eff.org/1.html">   Online Services Mgr.      </A>

[also sent in by Joe Ferguson]

by Joe Shea
American Reporter Editor-in-Chief
Hollywood, CA

                        SUPPORT FOR OUR STAND ON EXON
                                by Joe Shea
                      American Reporter Editor-in-Chief

        As we announced last Thursday (AR, No. 49), this newspaper has
vowed to defy the Exon "Decency In Communications" Act if it is signed
into law by the president.
        We'd stretched our neck upon the chopping block, we thought, until
we saw the response that has continued to come in from readers, strangers
and friends.
        Today, we got a very good piece of news:  The large and well-
respected Washington, D.C. law firm of Arent Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn
has agreed to represent us free of charge in this matter.
        We are grateful to Randall Boe of the firm for taking our case to
the pro bono committee of Arent Fox, whose 225 lawyers include some of the
most distinguished names in communications law, such as Harold Plotkin,
who defended the Pacifica Foundation in the famous "seven dirty words"
case (FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, 1978).  Joining Mr. Boe will be James
Hulme, chairman of the litigation department, and Patricia Gagler.
        Visiting Judge Steven Russell of Texas, a jurist with 16 years in
the Texas criminal court system, the former Presiding Judge of the Austin
Municipal Court and soon a professor of constitutional law at the
University of Texas, has agreed to help us frame the article that is
intended to defy the law and precipitate a test case.
        This is great news for the First Amendment, and great news for us.
We are deeply grateful to these gentleman for their courage and their
help.  We will be announcing our good fortune in a press release soon, but
we wanted our readers to get the good news first.
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