Civil Liberties

Meanwhile, in the Other Federal Obscenity Trial, a Plea Bargain Has Been Reached…


As John Stagliano's obscenity trial proceeds, the prosecution of "Torture Portal" operator Barry Goldman has ended in a plea bargain.

Torture Portal operator Barry Goldman has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors over obscenity charges, XBIZ has learned. Goldman, who faces sentencing later this year before U.S. District Judge Dennis Cavanaugh in Newark, was indicted by a federal grand jury for violating 18 U.S.C. § 1461 and § 1467 for the distribution of "Torture of a Porn Store Girl," "Defiant Crista Submits" and "Pregnant and Willing" through the mail. The videos all were mailed in 2006 and 2007.

Details of the plea were unavailable at post time, but Justice Department spokeswoman Rebecca Carmichael confirmed to XBIZ the plea and sentencing hearing for Goldman was slated Tuesday for Nov. 29.

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Read Reason's 2004 story on the new war on porn. on Obscenity vs. Free Expression: