Monday, February 9, 2009

Deputy AG nominees attacked for defense of porn

I've previously blogged about the uncertain future of federal obscenity prosecutions, which increased sharply under the Bush Administration. Although based on general ideological leanings we would expect a decline in such activity in favor of fighting real crime, I also noted that both Attorney General Eric Holder and Solicitor General nominee Elena Kagan have in the past advocated for more vigorous enforcement of laws against pornography.

Now, conservative groups are attacking Deputy AG nominee David Ogden for his past work defending adult publishers and filmmakers, as well as defending reproductive rights. Both are causes Ogden has been heavily involved in over the years in a number of high-profile cases, and cultural conservatives are hopping mad that this ally of what they call "Big Porno" (no, really) will be second in command of the Justice Department. AVN has a good summary of Ogden's controversial civil-liberties resume. (As always with AVN, beware of NSFW ads.)

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