Sucks to be this guy.
In short, an Iowa man's package was searched, manga inside of it was found to be disturbing by the postal inspector, and all of his computers, DVDs and comics were ransacked by the Feds in a Party Van. Some of the charges have already been deemed unconstitutional, and the material has to actually go to trial for wither or not they're "legally" obscene, which is decided by a jury as being:
(a) whether the average person, applying contemporary community standards would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;
(b) whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law;
and (c) whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
The only other case remotely like this dates back to 2000, when a Texas comic book store employee was charged with obscenity for having sold both Demon Beast Invasion and Urotsukidoji manga to an adult. Despite the jury having found the latter obscene (the Overfiend charges were dropped when the CBLDF contacted several local government members), their methods weren't entirely legal... sadly the CBLDF website says nothing about how the appeal went, which makes me think the poor sap was either found guilty or put in a plea bargain.
Sometimes, I fucking hate this country.
Anyway, this is the first time that somebody's been tried for obscenity for a comic/manga which they bought for enjoyment in their own home, so this could be a big deal either way... it could set a presedent that naughty pictures could get siezed and tried as filthy pr0n, or it could establish that this whole obscenity law effectively created to let hardcore porn films play legally in the early 70s is complete and utter stupidity, and that the post office can spend it's time shipping packages rather than ransacking them. (Ungreatful sods get $25 an hour for bending my cards... the Christ?)
While I have no money to dedicate to this poor bastards' fate, I'll support him in my own way, by throwing multiple obscene as all hell images on my blog. What fascinates me is I'm not even digging deep for this; everything here is just something that struck me as amusing enough to warrant saving. Even my wife can't stare directly into my "My Pictures" folder... it burns the eyes of those who still have some soul left.
Hm? Why yes, I do know I'm going straight to hell. Thanks for asking.
Come and get me, coppers!
(Huh, not a single Waita UZIGA picture? I'm as shocked at the rest of you.)