Isaacs Says He Turned Down Obscenity Plea Deal

Rhett Pardon
LOS ANGELES — Ira Isaacs told XBIZ on Tuesday that he turned down a plea deal from federal prosecutors two months ago that could have amounted to a four-month house arrest sentence.

But a four-month house arrest would have meant a felony conviction and black eye for Isaacs' conscience.

"I wouldn't feel right not standing up to this challenge," Isaacs said. "I have a good chance of winning, and I'm not guilty."

Isaacs, who faces pre-trial hearings in February, has been charged with federal obscenity violations over the mail distribution of “Gang Bang Horse — ‘Pony Sex Game,’” “Mako’s First Time Scat” and “Hollywood Scat Amateurs No. 7.”

With a jury trial to begin as early as May at U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Isaacs with attorney Roger Jon Diamond are gearing up for so-called Daubert hearings that will determine admissibility of expert witnesses, one of which is Isaacs himself.

Federal prosecutors are challenging Isaacs as an expert witness to his own defense, as well as a psychiatrist who would give his opinion that porn is commonly used as a sexual aid and widely used in a therapeutic environment.

Isaacs, if allowed to testify, would give insight into the three charged films’ artistic value using his 10-plus years experience as a filmmaker in the Postmodernism 'Shock Art' style.

With his obscenity case dragging on for more than three years after a federal judge recused himself in his first trial, Isaacs says that the federal government has nothing to gain by continuing his prosecution.

"There have been a lot of twists and turns in this case, and it's possible the government could just drop the case," Isaacs said. "I'd be glad to give them [], as well as the three videos I'm being prosecuted for in return for them to do just that.

"Even if I get convicted, my stuff is so much different than the others ... others like John Stagliano," he said. "It won't really mean anything to the obscenity prosecution unit.

"And if I win my case, it will be like I won the academy award of Shock Art," he said.