A federal judge has refused to dismiss obscenity charges against an adult film producer after a scandal with the trial judge this summer forced a mistrial.
As opening statements were under way at Ira Isaacs’ trial in June, the Los Angeles Times reported that Judge Alex Kozinski had posted sexually explicit materials on his personal Web site. He recused himself and declared a mistrial.
U.S. District Court Judge George King ruled Friday that Kozinski properly recused himself and double jeopardy is not an issue if Isaacs is tried a second time.
Isaacs, 57, is charged with violating federal obscenity laws for producing and distributing graphic fetish movies. He defends his work as a constitutionally protected form of art.
Radar spoke with Isaacs back in May. [WARNING: Some descriptions are a bit graphic.]