Friday, January 20, 2006

Paraphilia Phriday 8

Paraphilia news has been running kind of slow, lately. Maybe it's the season. So here's an oldie but grossie that also happens to be a super example of thinking outside the box:

United States v Guglielmi, 819 F.2d 451
(4th Cir. 1987)
a/k/a "The Snakef*cker Case"
Alan Dershowitz's client had been shipping some movies for the zoophilia market and got caught by the FBI. Dogs, Ponies, Pigs, Eels, the usual...

Deshowitz's defense was that under Miller, the government had to prove, inter alia, whether the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest.

His argument was that the movies were SO disgusting and repellent that they could not be found to appeal to the average person's prurient interest.

The appellate court obliged and went into great detail as to what the movies showed and agreed with regard to the disgusting and repellent argument, but ruled against Guglielmi on his argument that (in essence) something can be so nasty that it can't be considered legally obscene.
His sentence of 25 years stuck. (He got released in 1991, four years after the decision)

P.S. this Louis Guglielmi is not the O. Louis Guglielmi.


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