Archive for Friday, October 12, 2007

Obscenity charges dropped after Halloween store moves costumes

October 12, 2007


— Obscenity charges against an Overland Park Halloween costume store have been dropped, and two other businesses pleaded not guilty to similar charges.

The misdemeanor charges were brought by a Johnson County grand jury, which has indicted four businesses.

District Attorney Phill Kline said his office dismissed four counts of promoting obscenity against Spirit Halloween after the store agreed to move four Halloween costumes to a place in the store where minors would not see them.

Tyler Garretson, who represents Spirit Halloween, said no one from the business was called to testify before the grand jury.

The grand jury has also indicted Hollywood at Home in Overland Park and two Olathe businesses, Priscilla's and Gringo Loco.

Hollywood at Home, which is accused of selling four obscene DVD videos, will rely on a First Amendment defense, according to a notice filed with the court by attorney Richard T. Bryant.

Priscilla's, which also pleaded not guilty, is charged with selling an obscene DVD and sex toys.

Priscilla's and Hollywood at Home are scheduled to be back in court Oct. 18. Gringo Loco, which is accused of selling one obscene DVD, is scheduled to make its first appearance in court Oct. 19.

The grand jury, the county's first since 1989, was convened in mid-July. It and a grand jury in Wyandotte County were formed after a citizens group filed a petition calling for grand juries to investigate businesses believed to be promoting obscenity.

Federal grand juries are convened regularly in Kansas, but grand juries at the county or district court level have been rare.


domino 10 years, 4 months ago

Glad to see Kline is wasting Johnson Counties money instead of mine for a change!! I'm sorry, but doesn't he have better things to do than convein a grand jury for this!! Yes, the stores should be careful and held responsible about what they display and where, but where are the parents who would allow their minor children to be in these places!!!

badger 10 years, 4 months ago

I guess I don't understand. OK, moving sexually explicit material to where minors can't see it makes sense and I absolutely support that (though four counts for four costumes seems like grandstanding), but is there something not reported in the story that explains why Priscilla's (which had a pretty strict 18 and up policy, I recall) is in trouble? I didn't think it was illegal for them to sell pornographic or sexually explicit materials to adults. Because they've been selling obscene things for as long as I can remember, so if suddenly it's problematic, that just begs the question, "If this stuff is illegal, how did you not notice they were selling it, say, ten years ago? I mean, they advertise on the radio; they're hardly shy about what they've got in there."

jonas 10 years, 4 months ago

I swear Kline has the most cracked-out idiotic priorities of most anyone I've ever heard of. Isn't his career finished imploding yet? His continued success shows a disturbing side of our society here in Kansas.

Confrontation 10 years, 4 months ago

Those people who claim these stores are obscene, are the same people who most need the sex toys and dirty videos.

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