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Lawrence Walters’s Legal Cases

7 total

  • State v. Karen Fletcher (W.D. Penn 2008)

    Practice Area:
    Constitutional
    Date:
    Aug 06, 2008
    Outcome:
    Settled. Client avoided jail without trial.
    Description:
    Obscenity prosecution against pure textual material in federal court. The case raises significant First Amendment issues with regard to the ability of the government to criminalize mere words, in the absence of any illegal images or video. The prosecution has been covered by numerous media outlets including the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/28/us/28obscene.html?ex=1348718400&en=7dbb4d5def591585&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink
  • State of Florida v. Christopher Wilson

    Practice Area:
    Internet
    Date:
    Jan 13, 2006
    Outcome:
    Settled - No jail, no felony conviction.
    Description:
    One of the first obscenity prosecutions against user-generated Internet content. This case involved an effort by Polk County, Florida to censor online material given its dislike for the nature of the website involved. The site included both amateur erotic photos along with images directly from the battlefield in the War in Iraq. Evidence indicated that the prosecution was politically motivated by the Pentagon, due to the explicit images from the increasingly unpopular Iraq War. Wilson was prosecuted for 301 counts of obscenity; an unprecedented effort in charge stacking. After Wilson bonded out, the state revoked his bond due to his continued operation of the website while on pretrial release. Our firm pursued an emergency petition for writ of habeas corpus to the District Court of Appeal, who ordered Wilson released immedately from illegal incarceration. Thereafter, the State dropped all but a few misdemeanor charges, and agreed to a no jail plea deal. The case was followed closely by the media, including Rolling Stone Magazine which wrote an article about the political underpinnings of the case: http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/8878187/casualty_of_porn. Polk County has been known for its hostile treatment of anyone involved with erotic expression or adult entertainment.
  • State v. Tammy Robinson

    Practice Area:
    Constitutional
    Date:
    Jan 29, 2001
    Outcome:
    Settled - Charges dropped.
    Description:
    The first obscenity prosecution against Internet material in the United States. Prosecutors from Polk County, Florida charged Ms. Robinson with multiple counts of felony obscenity for her involvement with an amateur adult website after she went to law enforcement for help with a cyber-threat. Sheriff's Deputies ignored the threat, but turned their attention to her adult website operation. Our firm defended the criminal case for two years, and filed two separate federal lawsuits against prosecutors and police before the State agreed to drop the charges. A full discussion of the case can be found here: http://www.adultindustryupdate.com/archives/Anatomy%20of%20an%20Obscenity%20Prosecution.pdf
  • Stelmack v. State, (Fla. 2d DCA 2010)

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Dec 03, 2010
    Outcome:
    Reversed; client discharged
    Description:
    Conviction for child pornography reversed and client freed from wrongful incarceration. Charges were based on images depicting an adult nude female with the heads of two different minors cut and pasted onto the image of the adult.
  • State v. Theresa Taylor

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Feb 28, 2012
    Outcome:
    Settled - $325 fine, no jail, no probation.
    Description:
    Felony obscenity prosecution arising from publication of sexually explicit material on the Internet.
  • STATE v. MINAKASHIBEN PATEL, Case # 53-2013-CF-003893-01-XX

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jul 18, 2013
    Outcome:
    All charges dismissed.
    Description:
    Felony obscenity case involving the sale and distribution of allegedly obscene DVD's.
  • Shhh...Intimacy on a New Level v Pittsylvania County, Case #A-13-001

    Practice Area:
    Constitutional
    Date:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Outcome:
    Victory: County agreed to permit continued operation of the store and grandfather store into future legislation
    Description:
    Appeal of zoning determination directing client to immediately cease operation of adult video and novelty store