Its 2009, Why Are We Still Prosecuting People For "Obscenity"?

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Pittsburgh District Court

There's this thing called the first amendment, and even sickos get the benefit of it. At least they should.

A California-based company that produced and distributed obscene materials and its owners were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh today for violating federal obscenity laws, U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan announced.

U.S. District Judge Gary L. Lancaster sentenced Extreme Associates, Inc., co-owners Robert Zicari, aka Rob Black, 35, and his wife, Janet Romano, aka Lizzie Borden, 32, both of Northridge, Calif., to one year and one day in prison. Extreme Associates, Zicari and Romano pleaded guilty on March 11, 2009, to a felony charge of conspiracy to distribute obscene material through the mails and over the Internet. Through their plea agreements, the company and its owners acknowledged responsibility for the conduct charged in Counts 2 through 10 of the indictment - distributing three videos through the mail and six individual video clips over the Internet to Western Pennsylvania. In addition, they forfeited to the United States the Internet domain name, extremeassociates.com, which was used to commit the violations. The company is now defunct.

'Extreme Associates produced and distributed sexually degrading material that portrayed women in the most vile and depraved manner imaginable,' stated Ms. Buchanan. 'These prison sentences affirm the need to continue to protect the public from obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy material, the production of which degrades all of us,' she added.