Testimony Begins in Isaacs Obscenity Trial

Rhett Pardon

LOS ANGELES — Now in its third day, the Ira Isaacs obscenity trial got off the ground with opening statements read by the government's attorneys and Roger Jon Diamond, Isaacs' counsel.

The opening statements were preceded by two days of wrangling up jurors in the case, which consist of eight men and four women, including alternates.

The first witness to take the stand was FBI Special Agent James Myrick, who explained to jurors how he obtained a copy of one of the charged movie's "Mako's First Time Scat."

Myrick also testified in the first obscenity trial targeting Isaacs in 2008, which was put to a halt when a judge recused himself.

Following Myrick's testimony, the government proceeded to play "Mako's First Time Scat" for the jury.

The Justice Department contends that Isaacs from at least May 2004 and continuing to at least April 14, 2011, operated "a business engaging in the production, distribution, transportation and sale of obscene videos and movies."

The government in the case is targeting the movies "Mako’s First Time Scat," "Hollywood Scat Amateurs #7," "Hollywood Scat Amateurs #1" and "Japanese Doggie 3 Way."

Isaacs is charged with one count of engaging in the business of producing with intent to sell and distribute obscene matter; one count of knowingly using interstate commerce for the purpose of selling and distributing obscene matter, one count of knowingly using a common carrier to deliver obscene matter in interstate commerce and two counts of knowingly causing obscene matter to be delivered by mail.

Trial continues Thursday at 8 a.m. at U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles.