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Pornographer Sentenced to Four Years

The pornography industry in the U.S. received a strong warning this week when pornographer Ira Isaacs was sentenced for four years for violating federal obscenity laws, a case that proves that in spite of little support for upholding these law by the Obama Administration, existing law is strong enough to win convictions.

Patrick Trueman, President,
Morality in Media

According to a press release from Morality in Media (MIM), bio, Isaacs was convicted last April in the U.S. District Court of Los Angeles of engaging in the business of producing and selling obscene videos and four counts of distributing obscene videos.Isaacs, 61, of Los Angeles, was sentenced this week by U.S. District Court Judge George H. King in the Central District of California. In addition to his prison term, Isaacs was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

This case was the last one launched by the U.S. Department of Justice under President George W. Bush. Since that time, the Obama Administration's Attorney General Eric Holder has disbanded the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force and are not pursuing justice in these cases.

"U.S. District Judge George King, a Clinton appointee to the federal bench, is to be praised for understanding what the Obama Justice Department fails to see – that the sexual exploitation of women by the porn industry is a serious crime,” said Patrick A. Trueman, MIM’s President. Trueman served as the chief prosecutor of the Justice Department’s obscenity prosecution section during the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

While he hopes the conviction will encourage Attorney General Holder to begin enforcing obscenity laws, MIM is looking beyond him and is now asking the U.S. Congress to hold hearings on the pandemic of harm being caused by pornography and the need to enforce these  laws.

Dawn Hawkins, MIM’s Executive Director, said, “Pornography leads to the degradation and dehumanization of women. It is a cause of increased prostitution and sex trafficking, as well as sexual violence against women and children.”

She added: “Morality in Media will not rest until the federal laws designed to protect women and children from the porn criminals are fully enforced.”

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