"Can we, as a country, all
Oregon State Court
Of Appeals Rules Against Simulated Sex Shows
in promoting, managing or facilitating live shows involving
sexual conduct, or simulated sexual conduct, is now in violation
of the current reading of the law. This includes simulated
sex shows, masturbation, simulated masturbation and toy
divided Oregon State Court of Appeals upheld charges
against Robert Ciancanelli on Wednesday, April 24. Ciancanelli
is the owner of Angels, a "lingerie modeling club" in
Roseburg, which featured two women engaging in simulated
sex in October 1998, according to undercover Roseburg
police officers. Ciancanelli was arrested and convicted
of promoting unlawful sexual acts and prostitution,
among other charges.
The 10-member court was split with three members dissenting
from the majority decision.
Noted adult-business attorney Brad Woodworth, interprets
this decision as having potentially dire effects for
many lingerie modeling shops, live peep shows and strip
clubs in Oregon.
In the past, Oregon courts have held that the 1987 Oregon
Supreme Court ruling State v. Henry, based on Article
1, Section 8 of the Oregon Constitution, denied any
sort of local or state anti-obscenity laws.
Woodworth says that it could turn out to be the case
this time as well, but until the current case is appealed
before the Oregon Supreme Court--if it is appealed,
and if it is reviewed--the current decision is considered
the "law of the land" and should be treated as such
to avoid any legal difficulties.
Ciancanelli has 30 days to petition for a review by
the Oregon Supreme Court. A decision to review and a
final judgment by the Supreme Court could be anywhere
from six months to one year away.
Any adult business owners interested in helping get
the case reviewed by the Supreme Court or needing additional
information should contact their attorney, or they can
reach Brad Woodworth at his office at (503) 226-4644.
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