Art or Smut? Bring Your Own Popcorn
Prosecutors tell jurors it's fetish porn, make a federal case out of it
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 9, 2008 10:00 AM CDT
An L.A. filmmaker faces a trial for obscenity in his movies.   (Shutterstock.com)
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(Newser) – A Los Angeles jury will watch hours of adult films in an effort to decide if they are art or obscenity, the LA Times reports. A Justice Department task force formed to battle smut has brought a case against a filmmaker whose works depict acts such as bestiality and defecation. But Ira Isaacs says he's an artist protected by the First Amendment.

The trial will be “a circus,” he said. "I think I'd freak out if I had to watch six hours of the stuff.”