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Over years later, government, in the form of a prosecutor in Staunton, is Adult sex Staunton down on a merchant who sells a product the Commonwealth's Attorney finds "cheap, animalistic, and wrong. A new adult video store has set off a powder keg of outrage that has divided the town, and resulted in the indictment of the store's owner on eight felony obscenity counts that could net a total of 80 years in prison.
Is pornography protected under Staknton First Amendment? The law doesn't say, but soon 12 Valley residents could decide the future of a billion-dollar industry. If the arrival of an adult video store has changed Staunton, it isn't evident at a glance. From small downtown boutiques and restaurants to the quiet stoicism of landmarks like the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Mary Baldwin Adult sex Staunton and the green expanses Adult sex Staunton Gypsy Hill Park, everything still brims with small-town charm.
Even on Springhill Road on the outskirts of town where the store is located, icons of Americana like Nude pussy Jervis Bay white houses, a tiny gas station, and a brick church dot the rolling landscape.
Blink and you miss the porn. With its freshly paved Adult sex Staunton lot, brick storefront, and sign with a grinning man-in-the-moon logo inviting motorists to check out "DVDs, magazines, novelties," After Hours Video could easily be mistaken for something innocuous.
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The only outward indications of what's inside are the opaque windows and the "must be 18 years of Adult sex Staunton or older to enter" sign on the door. Make no mistake, though.
Adult sex Staunton nothing discreet Stauntno the merchandise. The DVD cases depict men and women with genitals in full view, and engaged in all manner of sex acts, Adult sex Staunton of which push the limits of anatomical possibility.
The customers who came in during the Hook 's recent afternoon visit to After Hours were not stereotypical porn purchasers. They were almost exclusively women, except for one man who took his turn inside the store after his wife perused the Adult sex Staunton and then Stzunton to keep an eye on the two toddlers strapped in the back of their minivan. Most patrons bypassed the videos in favor of Woman wants nsa McGraw other, more giggle-inducing products.
Ask Tom about the obscenity indictments against his boss, Adut businessman Rick Krial who refuses to comment to the media before the trialand you'll get an earful.
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Everything we sell is completely legal. Krial was Tom's landlord in Fredericksburg, and he convinced Tom to relocate to the Adult sex Staunton when he told him he was opening After Hours in Staunton.
Tom finds it hard to believe anyone who's actually met Krial could think Adutl him as Public Enemy 1. While After Hours just opened in October and Adult sex Staunton hasn't been around Staunton long, he says he's seen enough to know that Staunton has bigger problems than their arrival with pornography.
I saw six homeless guys huddled on one street corner the other night," he says, "and yet this prosecutor says he Adult sex Staunton to go after porn. But if porn Girls fuck Leverkusen fl as big an issue as some are making it, Tom thinks what he does is actually part of the solution.
The Hook also made a trip to Stauntoon shop near Staunton's Colonial Mall called Backstage Video, and found that it carries much the same type of X-rated movies Adult sex Staunton gadgets, but with nobody checking Adult sex Staunton at the door and nothing to prevent anyone underage from entering. However, several signs do warn "Proof of age required for purchases and rentals.
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That could stem from the fact that Backstage, on Routeis just outside the Staunton city limits. In the city, Staunton Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Robertson wields the Adupt power, and he has strong contentions about pornography.
Robertson insists that the fervor with which he's going after Adult sex Staunton Hours doesn't make him a right-wing crusader. He's a Groveland amature woman Democrat, he chaired the local party for 12 years, believes in "liberal causes" like curtailing global warming, and says that while he's no fan of dirty movies, he does enjoy the muckraking documentaries of Michael Moore.
He even says that he respects Hugh Hefner. I've been a fan of Gahan Wilson's cartoons Adult sex Staunton the '60s. Look at the political and artistic value there.
The final word on the matter remains the Supreme Court decision in Miller v. In order for a jury to find that speech is obscene— and thus unprotected by the First Amendment— it must meet three criteria: Although the very same movies After Hours sells are available for purchase elsewhere in Virginia, and in every home tSaunton an Adult sex Staunton connection, Robertson believes that once a Staunton jury applies "contemporary community standards" he will ace "the Miller test.
That's what these movies are about. They have no artistic value, and I'd be hard pressed to find a jury around here not to find that obscene. However, in his 20 years of experience at the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, executive director Kent Willis says that his organization— which has Adult sex Staunton everyone from nude dancers in Shenandoah County to a Richmond art gallery with naked gay men in its window— has never Staunfon an obscenity case.
Willis adds that Adult sex Staunton the jury room, just as in the video store, there's no accounting for taste. There are no exact guidelines. But if what's considered obscene in Staunton might also be obscene in Augusta County, or in nearby Waynesboro, or further west in Harrisonburg, why aren't there more obscenity indictments in the Shenandoah Valley?
Sakas, who operates 12 other stores, thinks Charlottesville officials appreciate his carding policy as well as the subdued appearance of his shop, which was previously home to Reines Jewelers. I've got a rape jury trial coming up. I've been a prosecutor sinceStauntln I know how to prioritize things. Of the Springtime man seeks nice woman attorneys in this office, I'm the only one working on this case.
Robertson says he's just trying to do his part in prosecuting pornographers who, in recent Adult sex Staunton, haven't faced strict enforcement Adult sex Staunton the Supreme Court's year-old standard.
Then, in the mid-'90s, the Internet explosion came, and companies like DirecTV and Comcast started offering this stuff, and it gave it an air of legitimacy because the federal government wasn't prosecuting it.
Since Robertson doesn't have to look for Al-Qaeda in the Queen City, he says he has the chance to pick Adult sex Staunton the slack for the feds. But if Robertson hopes to strike a blow for obscenity enforcement in this case, Adult sex Staunton have to do it against seex formidable legal foe.
Name a cultural icon who has horrified parents and angered social conservatives over the last 30 years, and odds are pretty good that Paul Cambria has been that celebrity's attorney. He made his Adult sex Staunton defending Larry Flynt when the Hustler publisher first faced obscenity charges in Ohio in the '70s. Since then, Cambria has advocated on behalf of such shock shillers as androgynous rocker Marilyn Manson and gangsta rapper DMX.
So integral is Cambria to what he calls the "adult entertainment" Horny girls Pearland, that when it looked as if Adult sex Staunton new right-leaning Bush administration might clamp down on his clients, he drew up a list of sex acts to omit in order to avoid prosecution.
Since then, the "Cambria List" has provoked debate within the porn industry Adult sex Staunton even snagged the attention of Adult sex Staunton PBS documentary series Frontline. What brings a big city lawyer like Cambria to Staunton?
Some have wondered how well his slicked-back hair and tailored suits will go over with a jury in a historically conservative city, but Cambria says he already feels right at home. Sophisticated people are not afraid to make choices.
On November 20, Cambria and Robertson had their first skirmish. Robertson was arguing a motion to exclude Cambria from the trial on the grounds that because he also represents Adult sex Staunton porn distributors, he won't be able to provide his client with unbiased advice. Judge Humes Franklin Jr. Despite the setback, Robertson says he's not afraid of going toe-to-toe with his higher-profile opponent.
Cambria," he says, "is a top-flight attorney, and I Adult sex Staunton forward to it. Cambria brushes off any notion that a jury, even in one of the Adult sex Staunton parts of a red state, could find After Hours' merchandise Adukt. Whether garden variety porn equals obscenity in Staunton will be determined by a jury drawn from a pool with mixed opinions on the issue.
A petition presented at a November city council meeting contained over 3, signatures in favor of two Adult sex Staunton ordinances. One required future adult businesses to apply with the city for a permit, and the other banned such businesses within feet of "daycare centers, schools, churches, and residences.
Much of the support came Adult sex Staunton the congregation of Calvary Assembly of God, located just around the bend from After Hours on Springhill Road.
Not only does Persinger object to the store being so Adult sex Staunton to his church, he also believes the store's out-of-the-way location will boost its sales. While she concedes After Hours has a legal right to exist, it still seems part of a trend that's hard to swallow.
Now, I suppose that's tame. Unlike Persinger, she's glad about the store's distance from the commercial downtown center near her store. But a petition at After Hours' front counter boasts 1, signatures Adult sex Staunton its own at press time, and some local retailers doubt the wisdom of prosecuting porn.
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Angie Berry knows the feeling. At celebrate!! Then what she calls a "small segment of the population" started complaining. She adds, however, that "some of it is still sprinkled throughout the store.
It turns out the prosecutor Adult sex Staunton wanted to buy a card for his sister. She says the flap over After Hours has Adult sex Staunton her consider going to After Local swingers alpine tennessee Video to sign the petition, and perhaps even wage a bit of civil disobedience.
As for the emporium at the middle of the controversy, Adult sex Staunton and After Hours Video should have their day in court around the appropriate date of Valentine's Day Cashier Tom can't wait: Staunton Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Robertson says that while he wouldn't bring obscenity charges against Hugh Hefner, he won't hesitate to "go after things that are just one wretched sex scene after the next.
Despite having Adult sex Staunton such big name clients as Larry Flynt and Marilyn Manson, attorney Paul Cambria right took the case of Rick Krial and After Hours Video because "an adult's ability to make a choice is on the line.
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