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Dominatrix Beats Regulator into Submission; Ofcom deliver judicious spanking to ATVOD. A rattling good yarn. And a good laugh. If you’re being zealously regulated, contact Backlash. More coverage of ATVOD can be found at The Independent and Wired
Margaret Corvid in the New Statesman examines what can happen when kinky private lives are made public. More details here
Olympic sex trafficking – How was it for you?
A salutory analysis of sex trafficking for the Olympics and the lasting damage evangelists caused. Much as the extreme images legislation was based on fiction not fact, another fashionable trope du jour blithely ignoring evidence – or lack of – does have real, on the ground, repercussions. “We are currently […]
Extreme Pornography: Legal Theory, Institutional Reality
We will not know the full significance, for legal practice, of the acquittal of Simon Walsh of possession of extreme pornography for some time. However, the way the case has unfolded allows us to challenge some of the claims made by academic legal theorists who either supported legislation banning possession […]
Would you even know what material might be illegal?
Myles Jackman, Simon Walsh’s solicitor, reveals significant issues in the Guardian about a test case, ones it was not possible to tweet about during the trial itself. “Like Simon, you could be sent a potentially illegal picture via email. One which you never requested or opened, only to later find […]
Buck-passing to medical experts and juries
A decision to prosecute is not a medical matter, nor should the CPS be blithely leaving it “for a jury to decide”. So argues David Allen Green in a powerful piece in the New Statesman questioning the CPS’ judgement in bringing the Walsh prosecution. “The CPS instead has the important […]
Clarifying confused and confusing legislation
An important article by legal academic Alex Dymock, clarifying the extent of what remains a confused and confusing piece of legislation, explains the background to the Walsh case. Present throughout the case, she covers why it raises new and important questions about the legal status of possessing images of consenting […]
Jury refuses to criminalise a Magistrate for looking at fisting porn.
Former Boris Johnson fire aide has been acquitted of possession of “extreme pornography”. A barrister charged with possession of extreme pornography depicting fisting and urethral sounding was acquitted today by a jury at Kingston Crown Court. Simon Walsh, 50, is an Alderman of the City of London and a Magistrate. […]