The Poop on Justice

From the Los Angeles Times:

A closely watched obscenity trial in Los Angeles federal court was suspended Wednesday after the judge acknowledged maintaining his own publicly accessible website featuring sexually explicit photos and videos.

Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, granted a 48-hour stay in the obscenity trial of a Hollywood adult filmmaker after the prosecutor requested time to explore “a potential conflict of interest concerning the court having a . . . sexually explicit website with similar material to what is on trial here.”

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In an interview Tuesday with The Times, Kozinski acknowledged posting sexual content on his website. Among the images on the site were a photo of naked women on all fours painted to look like cows and a video of a half-dressed man cavorting with a sexually aroused farm animal. He defended some of the adult content as “funny” but conceded that other postings were inappropriate.

They didn’t mention that the sexually aroused farm animal was a minor!

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Kozinski is one of the nation’s highest-ranking judges and has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Make him sit next to Scalia. He’ll never think about sex again!

He was named chief judge of the 9th Circuit last year and is considered a judicial conservative on most issues. He was appointed to the federal bench by President Reagan in 1985.

…snip…

Tuesday evening he had told The Times that he had a clear recollection of some of the most objectionable material and that he was responsible for placing it on the Web. By Wednesday afternoon, as controversy about the website spread, Kozinski was seeking to shift responsibility, at least in part, to his adult son, Yale.

What’s worse–telling your son about your porn site or trying to blame him when you get caught? I’ve changed my mind–make him sit on Scalia’s lap!

Stephen Gillers, a New York University law professor who specializes in legal ethics and has known Kozinski for years, called him “a treasure of the federal judiciary.” Gillers said he took the judge at his word that he did not know the site was publicly available. But he said Kozinski was “seriously negligent” in allowing it to be discovered.

“The phrase ‘sober as a judge’ resonates with the American public,” Gillers said. “We don’t want them to reveal their private selves publicly. This is going to upset a lot of people.”

Y’think? And if people are upset, think how the farm animals must feel! They can’t get away fast enough!

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Let’s just hope for that poor little pig’s sake that Kozinski is not into pedal-phelia!

Kozinski has a reputation as a brilliant legal mind and is seen as a champion of the 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech and expression. Several years ago, for example, after learning that appeals court administrators had placed filters on computers that denied access to pornography and other materials, Kozinski led a successful effort to have the filters removed.

The judge said it was strictly by chance that he wound up presiding over the trial of filmmaker Ira Isaacs in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

…snip…

Isaacs is on trial for distributing sexual feti$h videos, featuring acts of be$tiality and defe¢ation.

Let’s see, both the judge and Isaacs cater to a demographic that likes things on farms and defe¢ation? 😯 Well, we’ve solved the e-coli-on-the-lettuce mystery of last year!

The judge said he didn’t think any of the material on his site would qualify as obscene.

“Is it prurient? I don’t know what to tell you,” he said. “I think it’s odd and interesting. It’s part of life.”

…snip…

The sexually explicit material on the site was extensive, including images of masturbati0n, public sex and contortionist sex. There was a slide show striptease featuring a transsexual, and a folder that contained a series of photos of women’s crotches in snug-fitting clothing or underwear.

…snip…

Among the sexually explicit material on his site that he defended as humorous were two photos. In one, a young man is bent over in a chair and performing fellati0 on himself. In the other, two women are sitting in what appears to be a cafe with their skirts hiked up to reveal their pubic hair and genita1ia. Behind them is a sign reading “Bush for President.”

“That is a funny joke,” Kozinski said.

The judge said he planned to delete some of the most objectionable material from his site, including the photo depicting women as cows, which he said was “degrading . . . and just gross.” He also said he planned to get rid of a graphic step-by-step pictorial in which a woman is seen shaving her pubic hair.

…snip…

The judge emphasized that he never used appeals court computers to maintain his site.

The presence of copyrighted music files on Kozinski’s site raises other issues.

More than a dozen MP3 tracks were listed, and they were neither excerpts nor used to illustrate legal opinions, which experts said might have qualified their copying as “fair use.” The artists included Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Weird Al Yankovic.

Uploading such files could violate civil copyright laws if friends or members of the public visited the site and downloaded the songs, according to attorneys who have litigated file-sharing cases for both copyright holders and accused infringers.

Yeah, the big problem with this guy is that some music companies might have been ripped off for a few pennies.

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32 responses to “The Poop on Justice

  1. nightowl724

    I hadn’t heard a thing about this until I read this post. Again I ask: What is it with Republicans and s-e-x? It calls to mind Clarence Thomas, no?

    Bonus Poopage! Justice Perv! I love it! You also had several excellent one-liners tonight.

    The judge said he didn’t think any of the material on his site would qualify as obscene.

    “Is it prurient? I don’t know what to tell you,” he said. “I think it’s odd and interesting. It’s part of life.”

    Ummm… WHOSE life would that be?

  2. the crack in my ass is part of life. that doesn’t mean that anyone wants to see it. 🙄

  3. jlms qkw - jenn

    zom-frickin’-gosh. anyone pressuring this maroon to resign?

  4. not so far. he has called for an investigation of his own porn site. i think he’s got a few screws loose. most people would be embarrassed, shut the thing down, and be quiet until the story dies down. instead, this arrogant bastard calls for a panel to look at his filth. i hope he gets arrested for copyright infringement or anything else that will get him disbarred.

  5. jlms qkw - jenn

    sexual depiction of minors and/or non-consenting adults?

  6. jlms qkw - jenn

    ps: teeth are muchly better! have not used pain meds since i arrived in iowa. w00t!

  7. so far, i haven’t read that there were any minors depicted. i have to wonder, though, how many pornography cases he has ruled on and how many of those will be appealed now that the world knows what his hobby is.

  8. nightowl724

    Pardon me. Do you have any Gay Poop-On?

  9. jlms qkw - jenn

    nonnie, you have had some hits while i was internetless!

    my kids can understand your movie mockups!

  10. when i was in the mall one day, i ordered something in the food court, and when i got my tray, there was a little package of grey poupon mustard. i put it in my purse. and i waited. and i waited. and i waited. i got a new purse, and i transferred the mustard package and waited some more. finally, one day, when driving my son and his friend back from little league practice, another teammate and his father pulled up next to our car, and the kid yelled out, “do you have any grey poupon?” i grabbed my purse, whipped out the package, and triumphantly said, “why, yes, i do!” every once in a while, a dream comes true! 😀

  11. jenn,
    you let the kids look at these? 😯

  12. jlms qkw - jenn

    only a few. after i screen them.

    it’s important to use a wide variety of media in children’s education. today we talked about the latin roots ped and man while we were at the playground.

  13. cool! this sunday’s post will be kid-friendly. i promise.

  14. Got a Grip

    Well, nons, your poster makes me want to say “Howdy, Doody!”, then go wash my eyes out to cleanse this perv’s bizarre behavior from my memory. What a twisted world we live in these days.

  15. Got a Grip

    Jenn, I’m so glad to hear that you’re doing okay. I hope you’re safe from the floods in Iowa. Having lived around flood plains the majority of my life and spent many a long, steamy day filling sandbags to help protect someone’s property, I feel really sad for all those folks. I have mixed feelings about people who live in flood plains that flood frequently, but a disaster is a disaster and this kind of thing is a tragedy no matter how you cut it. And now Iowa can become the NOLA of the north, thanks to FEMA.

    BTW, I had my root canal yesterday. I’ve got a temp filling now, and next week they’ll start the rebuilding/crowning thing. Last night was rough but today I’m feeling pretty good, if a little pasty.

  16. silly gotta! 🙄
    this is supposed to make you think of howdy doody!

    glad that you are feeling better. so far, i have never had a root canal (and i am hoping the streak continues). i have heard it described, and it sounds like it ranks just below listening to a capt underpants speech on the pain scale.

    i have to wonder how the people of the plains states are going to vote now, especially since fema has announced that ice is a luxury, and they gave away all the stuff that was supposed to go to the people affected by katrina.

  17. nightowl724

    jenn, I was glad to read that your teeth are much better. You, too, gotta.

    nonnie, that’s a funny story about the mustard pack. What did father and son say when you actually had some Grey (Gray?) Poupon? And, I’m glad you posted the link to Howdy Doocy. I must have missed that one the first time…

  18. nightowl,
    at first, they were shocked that i actually had it, and then they just laughed.

  19. Got a Grip

    nonnie, I would never have had to have this root canal if it hadn’t been for the very first dentist I ever went to. He drilled a hole in that tooth. It was a perfectly good tooth that didn’t have a problem, but he was determined to find something wrong in my mouth and that was the best he could come up with. I actually have really good teeth, I take good care of them. I’m 50 years old and I’ve only had two cavities in my life, one of them being the one that that sadist caused.

    I’m an anti-dentite, as Kramer said on “Seinfeld”. I see them as necessary evils, emphasis on the evil part…. 😡

  20. i’m with you, gotta. i went to a dentist whose claim to fame is that he was a nasa dentist and worked on the astronauts. after a car accident, my jaw was completely out of whack. he said that the easiest way to fix the problem was to ground down my back teeth. idiot me allowed him to do so. well, after the problem got worse, every dentist, oral surgeon, and maxillofacial surgeon i went to said that grinding down teeth is the absolutely last thing you do, not the first. after 6 hours of jaw surgery (that worked for about 3 weeks, then pffttt), my jaw is a mess, and i hope that i will not have to eventually have crowns put on all my molars because of what that imbecile did. so, yeah, i guess you could say that i hate dentists.

  21. jeb

    What is it with these right wing whackos? They really believe that a qualification for judge is a lack of judgement. If the guy likes his porn OK, but putting it up on his website? What an idiot. It borders on the pathological just like Thomas (although Thomas crossed the line to become a harraser).

    Dental horror stories eh? I don’t have Nonnie’s graphic talents but if I did I’d post a picture of Steve Martin from Little Shop of Horrors and leave it at that.

  22. jeb,
    it seems that rethugs either have no common sense of they suffer from some kind of obsessive compulsive problem that doesn’t allow them to keep their perversions to themselves. when you are a pubic official, the word public has meaning. you are going to be scrutinized. if you are going to be pervy, at least be discreet.
    the dentist song in little shop of horrors is my favorite! i love that movie. i wish i had it on dvd instead of vhs. i have boxloads of vhs tapes, but i gave my vcr to my mom after hers broke.

  23. jeb

    Nonnie, I thrill when I drill a bicuspid…

    Yes, that song stands head and shoulder above anything else ever done in a musical and Martin’s semi-Elvis over-the-top characterization is just perfect.

  24. jeb,
    there is one moment in steve martin’s performance of that song that is the highlight of the entire movie for me. it’s right after he says, oh mama, walks out of the closet and jumps into a pose, kicks his foot…well i can’t explain it, so go to youtube, and it is right after the 1:50 mark. it just cracks me up every time.
    besides the performance (which was masterful), the lyrics of all the songs in the movie are brilliant.

  25. jeb

    It is one of my favorite movies of all time too. I love all of the songs but one of the highlights for me is when Seymour and Audrey are pouring there hearts out in song and Jim Belushi appears and says “If you kids could just stop singing for a minute…” It’s hilarious.

  26. jeb, i don’t remember that. damn! i wish i had the movie on dvd so i could watch it now. was it during suddenly seymour?
    i love it every time audrey says sure. i can say it like her, and for months after i watched the movie, i would say it just like her, and my son would laugh every time.

  27. going through youtube, and i still can’t find the scene you refer to, jeb, but now i am stuck there, because i found out that there was an alternative ending, and i have to watch all 3 parts.

  28. jeb

    Yes it was during Suddenly Seymour. Belushi walks in on them singing in the alley and offers Seymour a contract to make him a star. The hilarious thing – in my opinion – is that I had always wanted someone to interrupt someone else in a musical number and that is what happened there. Turns out Frank Oz and I have a similar sense of humor.

    I love Audrey’s “sure” and her little squeak. I used to watch that movie a lot and thought one day if I had kids I’d share it with them. Suffice it to say none of the kids ever really liked it. Maybe I should have known my marriage would eventually never work when my then fiance (now ex) told me that the movie was kind of dumb.

    The other thing that makes the movie a winner in my eyes is the casting of Levi Stubbs as the voice of Audrey II. I’m a huge Four Tops fan and he was perfect.

  29. jeb

    OK Nonnie, now you’ve done it. In a previous comment you reminded me of the diary that wouldn’t die.

    Now instead of doing all the things I need to do before I take my kids on vacation and then have to move, I sat and spent valuable time rereading that diary and snorting on my keyboard (we really should have taken that act on the road).

    You know my propensity for procrastination (hence me just getting back to your previous comment about the diary from something like a week ago) and you egged me on.

    Shame on Barac– I mean Nonnie, shame on you!

  30. jeb,
    i just rewatched suddenly seymour on youtube, and i didn’t see belushi. i remember that he was in the film, but i thought that he popped into the flower shop. so, jeb, we are even. 😛 while you were wasting time laughing over the diary that would not die, i have been spending hours watching and rewatching youtubes of little shop of horrors. i watched the original ending (i like the ending the way they had it in the movie), the london version of the play, and various artists singing the songs from the movie (do yourself a favor and skip carrie underwood singing suddenly seymour, i had to turn it off after a minute or so). i definitely have to buy the dvd now.
    the casting of the movie was spot on. nobody could be a better audrey than ellen green. rick moranis is perfectly nebbishy for the role of seymour. steve martin was flawless. ronette, crystal, and chiffon were fabulous, as were their names! nobody, and i mean nobody could have been better than levi stubbs. i loved, loved, loved the four tops!
    have a wonderful vacation with your girls, jeb, and have a great father’s day! where are you moving to? i hope the place is wired for the internets so you don’t have to sit in sleazy coffeehouses to get online. 😉

  31. jeb

    I could swear it was in Suddenly Seymour. I know that it was near the end of the movie and they are singing to each other in the alley behind the shop. After Belushi appears, Seymour goes nuts and chases him off and then realizes that he has to go in and confront Audrey II.

    I absolutely loved Ronette, Crystal and Chiffon.

    I always wondered why Ellen Green didn’t do more but I believe she was more of a stage person than movies. She had one of the great lines in the movie when she told Seymour that she used to wear cheap and tawdry dresses, not nice ones like this.

    I loved the Bill Murry cameo. He really had the whole masochist thing down. I thought Vince Gardenia made a great Mr. Mushnik.

    Hit me on email and I’ll tell you about the move. No more sleazy coffee shops for me. I actually have not been to that place since I moved out of my previous place last year.

  32. maybe it was one of those songs where they reprise bits of all the songs in the movie. i really have to buy the dvd now or it will drive me nuts. i keep watching youtubes of the movie, and i miss the parts that come between the songs.
    ellen green was wonderful in talk radio as the ex-wife. she showed her dramatic chops in that one. she’s in pushing daisies on tv now. the second season starts soon. she plays the sister of swoozie kurtz, and both of them are as quirky as can be. the whole show is quirky.
    i will email you tonight so you will have my addy.

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