February 7, 2005
CBLDF Picks Up Rome, Georgia Case
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has taken on a new case, this one defending Rome, Georgia retailer Gordon Lee on a charge of "distributing material depicting nudity" and a charge of "distributing obscene material to a minor." The charges are a result of a Halloween night giveaway at the store Legends where Lee mistakenly gave a minor a copy of Alternative Comics Free Comic Book Day effort Alternative Comics
#2. That book contained three pages of male nudity in an excerpt of Nick Bertozzi's "The Salon."
While the Fund is experienced in obscenity charges, the depicting nudity charge sounds like a new one, and seems to carry with it an extensive fine ($10,000) and a jail sentence (1-3 years). The Fund has retained Alan Begner of Atlanta's Begner & Begner as lead attorney and Paul Cadle of Rome as associate counsel.
had the earliest story
up I can remember, and Newsarama
had the best early article I've read
, with a breakdown of the case timeline by CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein and a hint that the Fund is currently pursuing a strategy that will perhaps keep this case from continuing on into court.
Other links you might be interested in are the artist's web site
, the publisher's bio
for the artist, what the publisher beleives to be the nudity in question
, the on-line version of the story
from which the material came, and its message board
. All of those links can be found in a message board post last night
where Alternative Comics' Jeff Mason basically spilled the beans 6-12 hours early about what is going on, after hinting after it the day before. I hope he won't mind my copying them here.
Here's this morning's press release, which should be readable in Word: Rome,_Georgia
posted 3:26 pm PST
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