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Back Talk Requested: “Obscenity Prosecution Tells a Sad Story” Draws Many Comments.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | July 15, 2009

Posted by Cliff Tuttle (c) 2009

Last August, I wrote a post entitled “Obscenity Prosecution Tells a Sad Story.” It is about a woman who wrote stories involving child sexual molestation and posted them on a website known as “Red Rose”, which required a membership fee of $10.00. A summary of the facts appears in a Wikipedia profile of Mary Beth Buchanan, the US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, which featured the Fletcher case as one of her most controversial prosecutions.

Since then, this post has drawn hundreds of comments. The overwhelming majority were obvious robotic comments, often with embedded links to porno sites. Many others simply stated that it was a good post, but made no substantive comment. They have been increasing in frequency and I have been noticing that more of them seem to be coming from real people, rather than robots.

Today, a member of a social web site (Wolfbook) appears to have sent links to the story to his friends and some of them are sending me messages. Whereas, I had been deleting all comments on this story, I’ve decided to start posting comments that are substantive and not selling something.

After re-reading “Obscenity Prosecution Tells a Sad Story”, I think that the topic is worth revisiting. Moreover, it has been made timely by the accusations of overzealous prosecution by Buchanan’s office that have lately been voiced from many quarters.

Thank you, Wolfbook members, for your compliments on the post, but I’d really like to hear what you (or anyone else) has to say about the outcome of this case.

Back Talk Requested.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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