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The 40-year-old was charged under the 2003 Protect Act, which outlaws cartoons, drawings, sculptures or paintings depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and which lack “serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.” Handley was the nation’s first to be convicted under that law for possessing cartoon art, without any evidence that he also collected or viewed genuine child pornography.
...the first of many, we can hope! Countless cartoon characters characters were saved hours of abuse by this decision.
The Atlanta-based court rejected arguments by Little's attorneys that applying a local community standard to the Internet violates the First Amendment because doing so means material can be judged according to the standards of the strictest communities.
In other words, the materials might be legal where they were produced and almost everywhere else. But if they violate the standards of one community, they are illegal in that community and the producers may be convicted of a crime.
I believe we've discussed the cartoons law before and don't remember anybody agreeing with it, but personally I never thought it would be used in a straight up trial. (I expected it to be used as a leverage to gain a judge to sign papers for more detailed evidence gathering )
So, the tangents we could focus on, are:
1. How the fuck something that stupid becomes a law.
2. What was that silly goose of a judge thinking when he accepted such a rational?
3. Why is nobody working on outlawing Fox News in an obscure county in New Hampshire?