Because people have a right to view such material in the privacy of their own home, there's a right to market it, U.S. District Court Judge Gary L. Lancaster said in dismissing the case against Robert Zicari and Janet Romano, both of Northridge, Calif., and their company, Extreme Associates. Lancaster said prosecutors overstepped their bounds while trying to block the material from children and from adults who didn't want to see such material inadvertently.Link to AP story, Link to AVN's coverage, Link to PDF of case, Link to an interview with defendant Rob Zicari (aka Rob Black) on the PBS television show Frontline, Link to interview with co-defendant Janet Romano (aka Lizzie Borden), Link to the original AP report of charges, and link to case history on Extreme Associates website.
The judge also found that the state cannot ban material simply because it finds it objectionable, based on the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2003 ruling that struck down a state ban on gay sex. The Supreme Court's ruled that the ban was an unconstitutional violation of privacy.
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