sam's notes

notes on government, sports and popular culture

Monday, December 20, 2004

It depends on what you're into....

Porn foes lament Ashcroft record on prosecutions

As John Ashcroft's tenure as attorney general winds down, "anti-porn advocates are deeply disappointed with the Bush administration's record- under Mr. Ashcroft's guidance-for pursuing peddlers of smut."

Ashcroft secured 37 prosecutions during his tenure, most of which were child pornography and, as one official put it, "excrement-type porn."

Some say not only is 37 a low number of prosecutions, but they are for the most extreme type of porn. In the meantime, Paul Cambria, a lawyer who represents pornographers, said he has "not seen any mainstream product prosecuted."


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