After a two week federal obscenity trial in Tampa, the jury found Max Hardcore, whose real name is Paul F. Little, guilt of producing and distribution of obscene material.
The jury convicted him and his company, Max World Entertainment, on 20 obscenity counts, required him to forfeit his three most popular domain names, including Maxhardcore.com and he is facing as many as 50 years in prison. Sentencing is set for September 5.
Of course selling or distributing porn is not illegal, but it is illegal to distribute, sell, produce, transmit obscene material.
According to the Supreme Court whether a particular item of porn is obscene is determined whether the “average person” in district that the charges were filed would find that the material appeals to the prurient interest. In other words whether the average person in that jurisdiction would think it to be obscene
When the charge were first brought I was not surprised at all as Max Hardcore material is, well, Hardcore, and some of the most extreme stuff you would ever find, especially in the US. In his films, he is shown engaging in violent and extreme sexual acts with female performers, including urination, “fisting” and vomiting.
However I was shocked that the government chose Tampa to file the charges.
Tampa is a pretty liberal town, especially when it comes to adult material.
There are at least 54 adult video stores and many famous nude clubs in Tampa.
Tampa is certainly not a prudish town.
To bring the charges the government purchased an online membership to the MaxHardcore.com Web site and downloaded five trailers Additionally an undercover postal inspector bought five DVDs from the Web site, all of which depicted violent and extreme sexual acts. The DVDs were delivered to a post office box in Tampa on March 28 and March 30, 2007.
Hardcore is expected to appeal.