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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

James Madison's Memorial is Weeping*

 This week Iowan Christopher Handley was sentenced to 6 months in prison for owning manga. Well, that wasn't what he was charged with, but that's what he's going down for. He was jailed for "possessing drawings [DRAWINGS!] of children being sexually abused." In the United States we have this thing called a First Amendment which states that "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech or of the press...." (recalled that from memory; just saying). Not for this guy. Handley pleaded guilty under "Title 18, United States Code, Section 1466A(b)(1), which prohibits the possession of any type of visual depiction, including a drawing, cartoon, sculpture, or painting, that depicts a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct that is obscene." DRAWINGS!
 For a history of the case go here.
 For a way more eloquent defense of smut and "icky speech" go here.

*Oh, wait, Madison doesn't have a memorial. (Well, OK, he has a memorial building in Washington DC.)

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