Myles Jackman, a solicitor with Hodge Jones & Allen LLP reports that the firm will be representing the defendant in an important case to be heard at Southwark Crown Court.  It’s not often that a key case takes place in a lower court, but this case could help to clarify the law on obscenity.

The defendant in the case, Michael Peacock, is charged on indictment with numerous offences under the Obscene Publications Act for distributing supposedly obscene DVDs. The films in question feature: ‘gay’ fisting (the insertion of five fingers of the fist into the rectum of another male); urolagnia (in this case men urinating in their clothes, onto each others’ bodies and drinking it); and BDSM (in this case hard whipping, the insertion of needles, urethral sounds and electrical “torture”).

Myles further explores this issues on his blog with specific reference to the CPS guidelines on obscenity (which my students will recall we looked at in the online workshop on pornography and obscenity before the winter vacation).

The case should also provide another perspective on what constitutes ‘extreme pornography’ under the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008.  An important case and I wish the defendant well.  It will be interesting to see if the jury feels it is indeed helpful to criminalise these kind of images and what the contemporary boundaries of obscenity are.

Read the full post from Myles here.

Post revised 9.52, 3 Jan 2011.

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