One of the highest-ranking federal judges in the United States, who is currently presiding over an obscenity trial in Los Angeles, has maintained a publicly accessible website featuring sexually explicit photos and videos.
Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, acknowledged in an interview with The Times that he had posted the materials, which included a photo of naked women on all fours painted to look like cows and a video of a half-dressed man cavorting with a sexually aroused farm animal. Some of the material was inappropriate, he conceded, although he defended other sexually explicit content as “funny.”
Judge Kozinski, if you will remember, is the fellow who issued the scathing dissent in the US v Ramirez-Lopez (.pdf) that was so effective that even though the government won the appeal, they dropped the case. More here on Kozinski.
As a side note, I really don’t care what kind of freaky porn people are into, but if you are in public office you should probably know better than to do stuff like this. Even by accident.
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I do like this quote, though:
Kozinski told the LAT that he didn’t think any of the material he posted on his website would qualify as obscene. “Is it prurient? I don’t know what to tell you,” he said. “I think it’s odd and interesting. It’s part of life.”