February 16, 2005 03:48am
Senate Hearing On Obscenity Postponed
Source: Free Speech Coalition
by: Company Press Release
(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Only six hours before the hearing on "Obscenity Prosecution and the First Amendment" was scheduled to begin, the Free Speech Coalition was informed by Congressional staffers that the hearing had been postponed. No explanation for the last-minute delay was given, other than it was a "non-substantive" reason.
The hearing, which had been called by Senator Sam Brownback (R.-Kan.), was to be conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights. Senator Brownback, who was to chair the hearing, is a member of the Judiciary Committee, but not of the sub-committee. Three witnesses were on the agenda, all law professors with rather well-known biases against adult entertainment.
With additional time to call witnesses and an opportunity to review the testimony submitted by FSC, the Coalition is hopeful that any future hearings on this topic will include constitutional experts who are knowledgeable about, and unprejudiced toward, the adult industry. Free Speech Coalition will continue its efforts to provide objective testimony to the Senate so that in their deliberations, they can fully evaluate all sides of this very important issue.
Free Speech Coalition is the trade organization of the adult entertainment industry, whose mission is to safeguard the industry from oppressive governmental regulation and to promote good business practices within the industry.
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