Gonzales reinstates obscenity case against CA porn company Bernard Hibbitts at 9:50 PM ET
[JURIST] Newly appointed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced Wednesday the reinstatement of a federal obscenity case against a California pornography company. Charges against the company were dismissed [ruling text, PDF] by US District Judge Gary Lancaster because prosecutors overstepped their bounds while trying to block the hard-core pornography from minors and unsuspecting adults. Gonzales said that while the Department of Justice is committed to the First Amendment, selling or distributing obscene materials does not fall within the protection of the Constitution. The Justice Department will appeal the case in the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. Read the DOJ press release. AP has more.
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