Stagliano Obscenity Trial Jury Selection Begins

WASHINGTON — The jury selection process has begun in the highly-anticipated John Stagliano obscenity trial, where XBIZ will be providing on-the-scene special coverage with in-depth reports on courtroom trial proceedings.

Trial was set to begin on Wednesday, but jury selection is taking longer than expected. Court officials said it could take two days or more before the jury panel is seated. If that’s the case, opening statements will more than likely begin at the end of the week.

Stagliano and his companies — Evil Angel Productions Inc. and John Stagliano Inc. — are charged with seven counts for illegal possession, distribution and sale of two videos sent through the mail — "Milk Nymphos" and "Storm Squirters 2 'Target Practice'" — and a trailer of "Fetish Fanatic Chapter 5" shown on the Internet.

Stagliano faces a maximum of 32 years in jail and $7 million in fines if convicted on all counts.

The obscenity trial is expected to last two weeks.