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Archive for Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Grand juries chosen for obscenity cases

July 17, 2007

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— Separate grand jury investigations in two Kansas counties are expected to decide what's too obscene for businesses to sell.

Courts in Johnson and Wyandotte counties began selecting grand juries Monday in the case pushed by the Kansas City chapter of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families, which delivered petitions to six metro county prosecutors in May.

In the next several weeks, the jurors could decide what is and what isn't obscene, setting standards for their Kansas communities. The jurors could be asked to watch adult videos, review adult toys or even take field trips to the businesses.

The petitions in the six counties - Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass on the Missouri side and Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas - ask the courts to look at strip clubs, sex shops and video rental stores.

"We don't know yet what they're going to want to see," said Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman. "Each community has to answer for itself what it will tolerate."

"I don't think there's much credibility in what they're doing," said Steve Wolverton, owner of Hollywood at Home in Overland Park, which carries adult magazines and videos. "I think it's a First Amendment issue, an issue of privacy."

Phillip Cosby, executive director of the coalition's Kansas City office, first made headlines in 2004 when activists launched similar drives against sexually oriented businesses in Cosby's hometown of Abilene and 10 other Kansas cities, using a state law that allows the public to petition for grand jury investigations.

Comments

Ragingbear 7 years, 6 months ago

Here's an idea. Stop wasting taxpayer money on such idiotic stuff. It's just porn. Run it through a search engine and you get tons of it.

Kornphlake 7 years, 6 months ago

You know half of the people who are screaming about stupid stuff like this are "closet deviants". It always seems that those who stand on the tallest soapboxes always fall the hardest. I hope everyone involved in this waste of taxpayer money has something bad happen to them or their families. Then maybe they'll focus on more important things then what other people are doing.

Ragingbear 7 years, 6 months ago

I agree. Just like Fred Phelps, who is probably more gay than a bunch of guys having sex with each other. It's a form of self-loathing.

classclown 7 years, 6 months ago

Ragingbear (Anonymous) says:

Sodomy is not only fun, but won't ever result in pregnancy.

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Telling everyone here how much you enjoy being sodomized is too much information.

Ragingbear 7 years, 6 months ago

Sodomy is not only fun, but won't ever result in pregnancy.

jonas 7 years, 6 months ago

"The jurors could be asked to watch adult videos, review adult toys or even take field trips to the businesses."

So how do I sign up?

And lesson for the day: Never trust a group with the name Family in the group, as what it really means is "Paranoid People Afraid of Many Things That They Don't Know About And Want Everything They Don't Like To Go Away."

Such as: National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Paranoid People Afraid of Many Things That They Don't Know About And Want Everything They Don't Like To Go Away.

And the wonderful, simply named Focus on the Paranoid People Afraid of Many Things That They Don't Know About And Want Everything They Don't Like To Go Away.

Such as Parkay.

jonas 7 years, 6 months ago

cynical: You brink the beer, I'll bring the popcorn. It'll be great times.

warthog 7 years, 6 months ago

Hey, I'm in... The only time I ever got selected for a jury, it was some boring traffic case that was a total waste of time. Maybe, beforehand, we need to do some independent research. At taxpayer expense, of course. They can just add another 1/2 cent sales tax on to pay for it.

Seriously; don't these people have something better to do than to try to tell us what is appropriate in their eyes? Face it, there are guys, and we all know these guys, who would never have a sex life if it wasn't for movies and magazines. As for deviants and perverts, they're going to be what they are regardless of where they shop.

Crossfire 7 years, 6 months ago

Yes there is too much obesity in Johnson County and in Wyandotte County. I think it is due to the poverty in Wyandotte County were people eat too much government cheese. An that the obesity in Johnson County is due to the high level of porsperity where people are just eating too much and ride around in their big fat SUVs with cell phones glued to their faces. All these fat bast... ...obscenity... Oh quit it. I just love them dirty movies. There are no dirty movies allowed in Iraq either. ...bet Phill with 2 L's is just wiggling in his leather g-string over this one.

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