Judge Suspends Smut Trial Over Porn On His Personal Site

June 12, 2008

Alex Kozinski, the chief judge of the country’s largest federal appeals court, is more accustomed to appearing on lists to fill U.S. Supreme Court vacancies than headlines involving pornographic scandals. On Wednesday, he was forced to suspend an obscenity trial he was presiding over after sexually explicit images posted to his family’s Web site became public.

The Los Angeles Times had an article claiming that Kozinski had posted sexual material on his personal Web site and then blocked access after being interviewed about it Tuesday evening.

Kozinski told the Times he thought the material on his site, which included a video of a man mingling with a sexually aroused farm animal, couldn’t be seen by the public. The judge said he didn’t believe any of the images were obscene. “Is it prurient? I don’t know what to tell you,” he told the newspaper in reference to the question of the obscenity of the images. “I think it’s odd and interesting. It’s part of life.”

Yale Kozinski, the judge’s son, told the newspaper the next day that the site is registered and maintained by him. It is intended for friends and family. “The fact that it was publicly accessible actually is my fault, too,” the younger Kozinski told the newspaper. “I made a mistake in configuring it.”

After both were interviewed. it was not at all clear who, father or son, who posted the images in question, but it was clear the judge did not find them obscene. The judge suspended temporarily until Monday the trial of Ira Isaacs, who is charged with obscenity for selling movies depicting bestiality and extreme fetishes involving feces and urination.

The original story about the smut trial can be found here: SMUT TRIAL

See what happened next with the trial, the judge, and the porn found on his website by clicking HERE