September 26, 2007 03:36am
Look What's Obscene in Kansas
Source: Entertainment Merchants Association
by: Company Press Release
Grand Jury Indicts Store for "Obscene" Halloween Costumes. You might want to check out this unbelievable indictment.
A Johnson County, Kansas grand jury has indicted a costume store for displaying four costumes the grand jury says are "obscenity harmful to minors." The costumes are "Country Lovin'", "Tricky Dick," "Wet T-Shirt" and "Snake Charmer".
You can check them out at:
Crude? Perhaps. "Obscene", I don't think so.
You can check out the indictment at indictments:
http://blogs.kansascity.com/crime_scene/2007/09/joco-grand-jury.html (The store is Spirit Halloween, a subsidiary of Spencer Gifts).
I guess this adds a new adage to the law: "A grand jury will indict a Halloween costume if the DA asks them to."
There's an interesting backstory to the grand jury, which was convened as a result of citizen petitions circulated by a religious group, with a non-exclusive charge to go after obscene materials in the county.
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