Wondering whether that collection of 'the character bio says she's 18' hentai is legal or not? Your quandary is at an end. It's illegal enough to get a custodial sentence. On one hand, jail time for owning cartoon smut is a creepy example of victimless thoughtcrime. Then again, very little is as creepy as this guy's comic collection. [Wired] UPDATE: Neil Gaiman came away from this post thinking that I'm OK with the idea that someone should go to prison for reading the wrong comic-book. For Neil and anyone else who got that idea, let me clarify: that's not what I meant. Supporting free speech means defending the indefensible, no matter how 'creepy' a prosecutor may find it. With this single-paragraph post, I didn't mean to be speciously even-handed, just to add some brief context to the link. Be sure to read David Kravets' reporting at Wired and Anime News Network's overview. But I'm not "ashamed of myself" for failing to make my own opinion clearer. You don't need my help to RTA and figure things out for yourselves. Christopher Handley's only 'crime' was that some of the comics he imported contain drawings of children and animals in sexual situations. Earlier coverage describes a horrendous, Kafka-esque scenario, in which he could plead guilty or face the prospect of a life-destroying sentence. Trying to shame "the Boing Boing person" for insufficient coverage within hours of Handley's unjust sentencing won't make it any less shameful for him.
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