Criminal Justice

Filmmaker Gets 4 Years for Grossing Out Jurors

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Today Ira Isaacs, a self-described "shock artist," was sentenced to four years in federal prison for shocking people a little too much. The FBI describes his crimes:

Evidence presented at trial established that beginning in or about 1999 and continuing until at least 2011, Isaacs, doing business under the name LA. Media, operated numerous websites, through which he advertised and sold obscene videos that he acquired from other people. The obscene videos included a video approximately two hours in length of a female engaging in sex acts involving human bodily waste and a video one hour and 37 minutes in length of a female engaged in sex acts with animals. The evidence presented at trial also established that in approximately 2004, Isaacs began operating under the name Stolen Car Films and made obscene videos in which he instructed women to engage in sexual activity involving human bodily waste.

Federal prosecutors had to try Isaacs three times before winning a conviction. According to Morality in Media, Isaacs' sentence "sends a strong message to the porn industry and to the U.S. Department of Justice that the sexual exploitation of women by pornographers is wrong." Yet no one was forced to participate in making these movies, and no one was forced to watch them. Except for the jurors, who took their revenge last April by finding him guilty on five counts of producing and distributing obscenity—which, lest you forget, is still a crime under federal and state laws, although one that has never been clearly defined. In practice, you find out whether you committed it only after you have been arrested and prosecuted.

Isaacs argued that he was an artist, but the jury did not buy it. (A Canadian horror movie maker had better luck with that defense last month, when he was acquitted of illegally combining sex and violence—one of the ways Canada defines obscenity.) It is rather startling that in the year 2013, an American's liberty can still hinge on the utterly subjective aesthetic judgments of 12 randomly selected art critics.

Previous coverage of the Isaacs case here.

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130 responses to “Filmmaker Gets 4 Years for Grossing Out Jurors

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  1. In a country where you can be sentenced to even more than 4 years for the possession of a plant, how does this surprise anyone? Just another victimless crime that insults the morality of someone. I don’t care how disgusting this guy might be, he shouldn’t be in prison for doing what he did.

  2. So the big question is whether SugarFree will be able to post from prison.

    1. They didn’t put the performers in prison, Hugh, just the producer.

      1. How do you punish a guy who gets his kicks from filming Warty mating with Sugarfree? Prison should be fun for him.

      2. So they’re giving you internet access in jail Epi?

        1. It was part of the plea deal.

      3. They didn’t put the performers in prison, Hugh, just the producer.

        The article makes him sound like a distributor, not even the producers.

  3. So teh pron is once again like “assault weapons” – “I know it when I see it.”

    Brilliant!

    *pan to a picture of the Constitution crying over a dead Declaration of Independence as Saint Gabby Giffords bleeds on the buggered Statue of Liberty…wait, WHAT???!*

  4. No byline, how convenient.

  5. “According to Morality in Media, Isaacs’ sentence “sends a strong message to the porn industry and to the U.S. Department of Justice that the sexual exploitation of women by pornographers is wrong.”

    Bull
    .
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    shit.

    1. Yah, because you see, if you take part in such a production and you are a guy, you’re a pervert, if you’re a woman, you’re a victim.

      Our society is fucked up beyond redemption.

      1. So, no, I didn’t see the flick.
        But from the description, the woman seems to perform with a steaming pile of shit (could it be shithead’s film debut?).
        So is she exploited by a steaming pile of shit? Why don’t they bring the steaming pile of shit up on charges?

      2. We all know women aren’t smart enough to produce and market obscenity on their own.

  6. This is what I like to call tax dollars well spent. I’m just glad there are diligent citizens out there willing to watch hours and hours and hours of this stuff so they can report to the authorities all the obscene content. I just pray none of the investigators or prosecutors accidentally got boners.

    1. “I’m just glad there are diligent citizens out there willing to watch hours and hours and hours of this stuff so they can report to the authorities all the obscene content.”

      I can imagine the accusations:
      ‘Your honor, at 1H, 32M, 15S, the performer did XXXX and at….’

  7. Seems that video I ordered won’t be arriving any time soon

  8. Sir, your thoughts?

    OO==============D

    Gotcha

  9. Uh, I thought BO was supposed to be better on this issue.

    1. He was supposed to be better on all issues. But he can’t, cause Republicans…

      1. Oh I know this one….

        ROMNEY WOULD HAVE DONE IT TOO!

        1. This I could actually see him doing

          1. Seeing as how tradcons/socons would have a much larger influence on a Romney admin

        2. No no no no

          You’re doing it wrong.

          Boooshhhhhh!

    2. Yeah, just like on drugs. There have also been a couple other obscenity prosecutions under Obama’s DOJ. Dunno the kind of excuses his base would make aside from sputtering.

      1. np| 1.16.13 @ 8:53PM |#
        “Yeah, just like on drugs. There have also been a couple other obscenity prosecutions under Obama’s DOJ. Dunno the kind of excuses his base would make aside from sputtering.”

        Well, dipshit apologist just below is happy to oblige.

    3. US Attorneys are beyond political influence.

      Unless you are Bush, of course. Then you just fire them for prosecuting your team members.

      1. Wow, mentions Bush in a post. What a surprise.

      2. US Attorneys are beyond political influence.

        Hahahahahahahaha.

        US Attorneys serve the pleasure of the President. While it’s uncooth to threaten them over individual cases, the Atty Gen and the prez are free to set “enforcement priorities”, for instance, don’t spend money prosecuting sex with poop.

        1. Not true.

          Bush/Rove wanted only Democrats prosecuted for illegal kickbacks.

          When US Attorney Carol Lam (R) convicted House Rep Duke Cunningham (R) for kickbacks she was fired.

          I know more than you do, Tulpa. Bask and bow.

          1. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 10:46PM |#
            “I know more than you do, Tulpa”

            Do you yet “know” your mom dipshit? If not, I doubt you know more than the random kid trying to score a beer at the local deli.
            Maybe you need to fuck your dad instead of your mom? What did your therapist tell you?

          2. Where did I mention Bush or Cheney?

            You probably do “know” more stuff than I do — too bad most of it’s not true.

      3. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 9:33PM |#
        “Unless you are Bush,”

        Ya know, dipthit, you’re obsessions must be quite interesting to, oh, you, and
        and
        and
        and
        Go suck a turd. I’m tire if hearing about your ‘father’ issues.

    4. Uh, I thought BO was supposed to be better on this issue.

      Larry Flynt, bashed on BOOOOSH for eight years. “He’s coming for your pron…”

      Now…

      Crickets.

      Because, messiah.

      1. Larry Flynt hates fundie-nut Bible-beating conservatives just as any reasonable person should.

        Bush was their messiah – the fundie saviour of Conservatism.

        Face it, the GOP is nothing but redneck trash.

        1. Does anyone else smell urine?

        2. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 10:26PM |#
          “Face it, the GOP is nothing but redneck trash.”

          This action is brought by Bush 5 YEARS after he was removed from office! Dipshit here swears that’s the case!
          Can’t be that dipshit and reality are not real close acquaintances, can it?
          Naah! Dipshit is sure BOOSH is the cause of *everything*!
          What a moron.

          1. NO GOP INSULTS ALLOWED HERE! ONLY INSULT DEMOCRATS!

            If John had insulted Pelosi as a trashy fucked-up hippie whore you would nod your empty head.

            1. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 10:33PM |#
              “NO GOP INSULTS ALLOWED HERE! ONLY INSULT DEMOCRATS!”

              Tell us what fun you had fucking your mom, asshole.
              Get lost until then

        3. Bush wasn’t anyone’s messiah. Republicans haven’t even liked their presidential candidate since Reagan.

          Meanwhile, democrats get all tingly in the leg over Clinton and Obama.

          1. Meanwhile, democrats get all tingly in the leg over Clinton and Obama.

            I thought that was just lack of bladder control.

    1. Apparently not all procedures were followed, at least not the ones about not SFing links.

      Actually, come to think of it, it happens so commonly now maybe that is the proper procedure?

      1. I posted the link earlier today if it’s the one from CBS. Here:

        Puppycide

        1. “I’m on the ground crying hysterically and the police officer says, ‘You need to calm down, you can get a new dog,'”

          And that, ladies and gents, is EXACTLY the type of person who would want to become a fucking cop!

          1. I can picture the cop, having shot someone kid, saying in the same voice, ” you need to calm down, you can make a new kid”.

  10. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    I cant help but laugh…and cry at the same time.

    1. When the framers wrote that, there was only oil and canvas. Now you can make moving pictures of women fucking shit, even talkies!

      1. MUSKITZ!

  11. “sexual exploitation of women by pornographers is wrong”

    That’s why it was wrong?

    (wrong and illegal are not the same thing)

  12. no one was forced to watch them. Except for the jurors

    another reason to not vote

    1. That’s interesting. Obscenity is such a crime that the maker can be locked up for years, but the government can force jurors to watch it.

      1. Mal: He looked right into the face of it. Was made to stare.
        Harken: “It”?
        Mal: The poop. Kind of poop you can’t even imagine. Blacker than the rectum it moves through.
        Harken: Very poetic.
        Mal: They made him watch. He probably tried to turn away, and they wouldn’t let him. You call him a juror? He’s not. A man comes up against that kind of feces, the only way to deal with it, I suspect, is to become it.

        1. What’s that from, the second season?

          1. This is a joke, in case people think I don’t own the entire series in all of its several disk glory.

            1. Serenity is on TMC as we type.

              1. Got it on Blueray. About time for a re-watch, I reckon.

    2. Oh come on pussy, you can’t take a little shock humor for the opportunity to piss off a prosecutor?

    3. Sidd Finch| 1.16.13 @ 9:18PM |#
      “no one was forced to watch them. Except for the jurors

      another reason to not vote”

      In CA, they pick driver’s license numbers.

      1. another reason to not live in CA

      2. In PA they do drivers licenses and LTCF as well.

        I’ve been called 3 times in only a few years.

  13. So Issacs now joins a long line of freedom fighters from Henry Miller to Hugh Hefner then Larry Flynt. This is progress – if scat can be ever be seen as such.

    1. “This is progress – if scat can be ever be seen as such.”

      Finally, something you can talk knowledgeably about.

      1. My moniker is not scat related. It is a twisted tribute to Occam’s Razor – Palin’s Buttplug.

        (among competing hypotheses, the one that makes the MOST assumptions should be selected)

        1. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 9:37PM |#
          ‘My moniker is not scat related. ‘Cause dad did something, something and I can invent a reason that might make you think I’m not fixated on my dad’s asshole and fucking my mom’

          Go fuck your mom and quit pestering adults.

        2. I don’t think he was talking about your name.

    2. So, is shit the only freedom that you can defend?

      1. I score 94% on the LP Purity Test, pal. Not enough to be as cool as 4-5 of the regulars here though.

        1. I have never seen you defend any freedoms here, at all, until now, you defend shit.

          The only other thing I see you defending is Obama, who wouldn’t score a 2 on an LP test.

          1. You’re an idiot then.

            I am pro/legal all drugs, prostitution, gay marriage, abortion, euthanasia, 100% secularist, all guns, all porn.

            I am anti-war, anti-entitlement, anti- religion, anti-deficit, anti affirmative action.

            1. Prove it.

              And stop defending that statist jackass in the white house. No one here is a fan of Bush and no one defends him. Yet you keep on bringing him up and defending our current asshole in chief.

              That’s why you don’t get any respect around here. Almost everything that you post is about how ‘Bush did it too!’.

              So no, I think you are the idiot. And an Obama apologist.

              1. My point is that Obama is vastly better than Dumbya.

                When I read “Libya is just like Iraq!” nonsense from the many dedicated Team Red idiots here I am forced to offer a reasonable rebuttal. But Team Red is not reasonable. They are filled with conspiracy theorists, Birchers, Creationists, Aborto-Freaks, and War-Mongers (see John for example).

                1. Those awful warmongers arguing against fighting a war in Libya!

                  1. The US did not engage war in Libya. You prove my point.

                    1. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 10:18PM |#
                      “The US did not engage war in Libya. You prove my point.”

                      Lie, asshole.

                2. We don’t care if Obama is better than Bush or not. And I don’t think he is, he might be worse. Obama suckz ballz dude, and everyone here knows it. You are preaching this shit to the wrong audience.

                  I defend your right to say anything you want to here. But if you continue defending scumbags by saying that other scumbags are worse, everyone will continue to consider you a troll.

                  John may be a war monger, and him and I disagree a lot on that issue, but he’s not a troll.

                  1. John is far more of a troll than I am, you stupid dickhead.

                    1. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 10:19PM |#
                      “John is far more of a troll than I am, you stupid dickhead.”

                      Have you fucked your mom yet? If not, go do so; maybe you’ll lose your fixation on your dad.

                    2. Haha, whatever. I think Sev has the right approach with you. I tried to actually be nice and it just made you more stoopid.

                      Half of the retards over at FluffHost will love you, because they adore the jug eared one also, so go over there and annoy them, asswipe.

                    3. I think ignoring is the right approach. But he’s like scabies… you know you shouldn’t scratch but it’s hard to resist.

                  2. I defend his right to smell like urine.

                3. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 10:09PM |#
                  “My point is that Obama is vastly better than Dumbya.”

                  Yeah, that’s sort of the proof you’re an ignoramus.
                  Go fuck your mom.

                4. My point is that Obama is vastly better than Dumbya.

                  At what? I’ve been open in my admiration for Obama for leveraging his one skill to get as far as he has. He is a *very* good liar.

              2. That’s why you don’t get any respect around here.

                That, and he smells like urine.

        2. Is this the LP purity test you came up with yourself?

          The LP should sue you for trademark infringement.

          1. The problem is, just like his post above in reply to me, he keeps touting his Libertarian credentials, but in nearly every post that he makes, he proves that it’s pure bullshit.

            I can say I am a brain surgeon / rocket scientist who just folded time to arrive here from Andromeda, and that I scored 94% on the Andromedan rocket surgeon test to prove it, but I don’t think anyone is going to just take my word for it.

          2. In many ways I am more libertarian than Ron and Randy Paul.

            The Right to Privacy for instance. A woman’s right to choose rather than the state. I am against earmarks for another.

            1. right, because no earmarks means your mancrush in the White House gets to decide where the money goes. What a friend of liberty!

              1. All earmarks are passed by Congress and unrelated to the Executive branch until signed.

            2. And you didn’t answer the question either. What test are you talking about.

              1. There was a test that had a link to it here a while back. I actually took it also, and scored somewhere in the 90s. But who cares really, it doesn’t prove shit, especially when you are just telling people you scored high on it as some weird way of deflecting blame from Obama for all the bullshit that he’s pulled in the last 4 years.

            3. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 10:12PM |#
              “In many ways I am more libertarian than Ron and Randy Paul.”

              In many more ways, you’re a lying asshole fixated on your father.
              Go fuck your mom and SHUT UP.

            4. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 10:12PM | “A woman’s right to choose rather than the state”

              This’ll be diptshit’s code for ‘you pay for X’.
              Got it. Go fuck your mom and shut up.

        3. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 9:39PM |#
          “I score 94% on the LP Purity Test,…”

          Translated into English:
          ‘I picked all the questions that would make me look good, answered others sorta, kinda like I think libertarians….’
          Shut up, asshole. You can fake results all you please. Anyone can read your constant cheerleading for Obozo and know full well you have no idea what the term “libertarian” means.
          Go fuck your mom.

    3. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 9:28PM |#
      “So Issacs now joins a…..”

      Asshole, just SHUT UP!
      We all know you hate your dad, and we don’t give a shit.
      Go fuck your mom and suck on a turd.
      And SHUT UP!

        1. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 10:39PM |#
          “No.
          Also, fuck you.”

          I’m not your mom, dipshit. Go suck a turd and SHUT UP.

          1. Why do you care if I hate the GOP?

            1. Palin’s Buttplug| 1.16.13 @ 10:53PM |#
              “Why do you care if I hate the GOP?”

              That’d be your daddy, dipshit and I don’t care.
              I’m just tired of hearing about it. Ever hear of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfv3kBzJZgU
              How stupid are you?

  14. Convicted of Squick in the 2nd Degree.

    1. Wouldn’t it be premeditated squick with malice aforethought?

  15. Our own version of blasphemy trials.

    At least he won’t be stoned to death for it.

  16. I’m filtering my first person ever in Reasonable today. I won’t say who.

    1. Holy cow, half the thread disappeared. Not the better half.

  17. In 2006, in the great state of Michigan, i was prosecuted for a SINGLE video downloaded from the internet that the State witnesses opined was an adolescent female engaged in a sexual act and they threatened 20 years for Manufacturing ’cause the item was burned onto CD. I had no way to prove she was 18 to satisfy the Affirmative Defense, so my court-appointed attorney advised i accept a plea to a 4-year charge. I ended up doing 44 months in prison and register as a sex offender. Almost two years after discharge, i now have evidence that would have satisfied the Affirmative Defense in the law that the female in the depiction was 18 years of age. My appeal is underway in Grand Traverse County as the government violated my First Amendment right to possess legal adult pornography and due process was violated. We’ll see if “justice” prevails.

  18. California teacher fired for porn films loses appeal to keep job

    “Respondent’s pornographic scenes may demonstrate for viewers a lack of respect for herself and may send a message that she endorses the degradation of women and deviant sexual behavior,” the panel said in its decision.

    I love the “a lack of respect for herself” cultural Marxist “false consciousness” bit.

  19. I know everything I’ve ever done in my life has been coerced. Because I’m just a fluffy-headed little girl who needs Top. Men. to guide and boss me. I can’t possibly make good and bad choices on my own!

    1. Good to see you know your place, missy.

  20. Oh, and that picture…? Tommy Lee Jones sure has let himself go.

  21. Isaacs is a disgusting degenerate who should be shunned until he shapes up or starves, but I’m not sure putting him in jail is a solution to the problem–namely, a society that produces men like him and the demand for his “work.”

  22. fred armisten iz look mad hagard levels there.

  23. It is rather startling that in the year 2013, an American’s liberty can still hinge on the utterly subjective aesthetic judgments of 12 randomly selected art critics.

    I’d very much prefer the first amendment trumped obscenity and we all had a constitutional right to make obscene material. But as long as there are laws prohibiting obscenity, I’d much prefer that it be defined by jurors than judges.

  24. Wow thats pretty messed up man, the feds clearly have a LOT of spare time on their hands.

    http://www.eu-anon.tk

  25. Artist? That’s no defense and it should not matter.

    What a fucked up jury. The promised age of “Live and let live” was just a place-holding slogan to spout until the oppressive “All guilty until proven innocent and then still guilty — off to jail and off with your head, you filthy pornographer/pothead/political dissident/individual-rights proponent/free-speech advocate/Asian university applicant/whistle-blower/gun owner” era could be firmly entrenched.

  26. Two girls one cup?

  27. Well, I guess some people are just into that shit.

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  29. “It is rather startling that in the year 2013, an American’s liberty can still hinge on the utterly subjective aesthetic judgments of 12 randomly selected art critics.”

    Hmm, first off, since when is a woman shitting in another woman’s mouth, or having sex with a doberman, “art.” Secondly, since when did we define liberty as the ability to shit in someone elses mouth on film, sell it, and or have sex with a doberman, film it, and sell it. I’m pretty damn libertarian, but come on…That is a stretch.

    1. The subjective concept of what is and is not “art” isn’t even remotely germane to the discussion. The author was an idiot to bring it up. I wholeheartedly support bestiality being illegal, although since this guy apparently purchased the content from the content creator and just distributed it, I don’t know to what extent he’s on the hook for that. But as to the rest, publishing disgusting shit to be purchased by the fucked up consumers of disgusting shit shouldn’t be a crime.

      1. publishing disgusting shit to be purchased by the fucked up consumers of disgusting shit shouldn’t be a crime.

        Libertarians support child porn.

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  31. This article does gross me out, but it does raise a lot of good issues. For one bestiality should definitely be illegal. This guy didn’t actually commit bestiality, but he bought and sold films where the actresses did so was he in the wrong or not? It’s illegal to make or have or sell child porn so should it be illegal to sell or have porn with bestiality too? I think it should be illegal to sell it, but making it illegal to have it just makes it way to easy for large corporations to hack into computers owned by people they want arrested. They then upload child porn on those computers, then file an anonymous report with the authorities and low and behold a whistleblower ends up in prison.

  32. It was consensual. End of story. The moralizers can rot in hell.

  33. Clearly it is the ‘camera culture’ and the easy access to high definition cameras that is to blame. CAMERA CONTROL NOW!

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