Judge Quits Calif. Porn Obscenity Trial
Declares mistrial over his own sexually explicit website
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2008 8:24 PM CDT
Beverly Hills attorney Cyrus Sanai, who began alerting news organizations in Jan. 2008 to sexually explicit photos and videos on the personal Web site of Kozinski.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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(Newser) – The California judge whose risqué website stalled an obscenity trial 3 days ago has recused himself, the Los Angeles Times reports. “In light of the public controversy surrounding my involvement in this case, I have concluded that there is a manifest necessity to declare a mistrial,” Alex Kozinski said. Kozinski, a judicial conservative, has been considered a candidate for the Supreme Court.