The Federal Judge, the Internet and the LA Times
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One of America’s most powerful judges is under investigation at his own request, due to a flap over what might be called dirty pictures on a website maintained with his family. Were the pictures obscene? Was the website public?
Alex Kozinski is presiding judge of the 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals which covers the western states. Last week he was hearing a high-profile obscenity trial in Los Angeles. Just as jury selection ended, the LA Times ran an article about pictures on a website Kozinski maintained. There is still heated dispute about whether the pictures were “obscene,” but Kozinski shut down the website and declared a mistrial. At his request, US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has empanelled five other judges to conduct an investigation.
- Patrick Frey: Blogger, Patterico.com
- Scott Glover: Reporter for the Los Angeles Times , @ScottGloverLAT
- Eugene Volokh: Professor of Constitutional Law, UCLA , @VolokhC
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