For the record, I think this is obscene. No children were harmed in the making of these comics. The courts already overruled laws covering explicit comic depictions of minors engaged in sex acts, but a separate law was passed invoking the always popular, nebulous value of "obscenity."
15 years. Think of all the heinous crimes that carry shorter sentences where actual people have suffered.
What do you think? Should a guy go to prison for 15 years for owning a Japanese comic book when no kids were harmed ever?
Christopher Handley, described by his lawyer as a “prolific collector” of manga, pleaded guilty last week to mailing obscene matter, and to “possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children.” Three other counts were dropped in a plea deal with prosecutors.
The 39-year-old office worker was charged under the 2003 Protect Act, which outlaws cartoons, drawings, sculptures or paintings depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and which lack “serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.” Handley’s guilty plea makes him the first to be convicted under that law for possessing cartoon art, without any evidence that he also collected or viewed genuine child pornography. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.