83 Year-Old Judge Has To Watch Porn Before Making Ruling

The judge first had to watch the pornographic film before watching a film about said pornographic film.
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The judge first had to watch the pornographic film before watching a film about said pornographic film.
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There's a minor scene in the HBO period piece, Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, in which a few of the Supreme Court justices are watching porn and cracking jokes as they try to decide just what exactly constitutes obscenity. It's a funny scene not just because of their reactions, but also the thought of anyone over 60 watching porn is, for some reason, almost inherently funny.

Yet it was a necessary step in order for the judges to make what they believed to be the correct ruling. And as it turns out, watching porn can still be a crucial part of the judicial process.

On Tuesday, 83 year-old U.S. District court judge for Southern New York, Thomas Griesa, issued a 27-page opinion in an intellectual property case that necessitated his viewing the 1972 adult film classic, Deep Throat, starring Linda Lovelace (real name, Linda Boreman). The lawsuit had been filed by Arrow Productions, which claimed that the 2013 Weinstein Company biopic, Lovelace, copied several scenes from the original.

Griesa wasn't having it. After viewing both films, he determined that Deep Throat is a "famous pornographic film replete with explicit sexual scenes and sophomoric humor," but Lovelace is a "transformative" critical bio that adds "a new critical perspective on the life of Linda Lovelace and the production of Deep Throat." 

After recounting the plot of Deep Throat in a fair amount of detail, Griesa decided,

"In all, the three recreated scenes, which mostly contain original dialogue, last for roughly four minutes -- comparatively, the running time for 'Deep Throat' is sixty-one minutes... Defendants chose three scenes to recreate and each scene, as discussed above, serves a distinct and important purpose in telling the story of Linda Lovelace. The court finds that defendants did not copy any more than necessary to achieve its creative purposes."

Arrowhead Productions may appeal the ruling.

Griesa's description of Lovelace as "critical" is an understatement. Lovelace is one of the saddest and most infuriating movies in recent memory. It stars Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace, who made the film after being coaxed into it by her scumbag husband Chuck Traynor, who physically, sexually, and emotionally abused Lovelace unmercifully for years. And because Traynor controlled the finances, Lovelace collected a paltry $1,250 from the production of Deep Throat, which has grossed between $100 million to $600 million since its release.

Lovelace died in an auto accident in 2002 at the age of 53.

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Image credit: Lovelace, Weinstein Co. films