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Ira Isaacs Obscenity Trial Suspended

Joint motion to suspend granted following report that revealed judge’s explicit photo and video collection on his personal website
Ira Isaacs Obscenity Trial Suspended
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Jun 11, 2008 7:45 PM PDT    Text size: 
LOS ANGELES – The obscenity trial of “shock artist” Ira Isaacs has been suspended as questions arose today following a Los Angeles Times report in which the trial judge said he kept sexually explicit pictures and videos on his personal website.

Judge Alex Kozinski granted the joint motion to suspend the trial after the prosecution claimed it needed time to investigate the matter. The jury is expected to return on Monday.

Earlier today, the LA Times published a report in which Kozinski reveals that he maintained explicit photos and videos on a subdomain of his publicly accessible website, Alex.Kozinski.com.

The Times reports that Kozinski’s explicit material was extensive. There were images of masturbation, 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 as seen through snug-fitting clothing or underwear. There also were themes of defecation and urination, though they are not presented in a sexual context.

Kozinski claims that the images were not accessible to the general public, and though some were “inappropriate,” he kept them to share with friends.

Isaacs, who operated Stolen Car Films/LA Media from his office in Koreatown, faces multiple obscenity-related counts in the case. He specifically was charged with two counts of using a common carrier and interactive computer service for interstate commerce in obscene films.

The first four obscenity-related counts are in connection with videos entitled “Gang Bang Horse — ‘Pony Sex Game,’” “Mako’s First Time Scat,” “Hollywood Scat Amateurs No. 7,” and “BAE 20.” The indictment alleges that Isaacs shipped “Hollywood Scat Amateurs No. 7,” and “BAE 20” outside the state of California.

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