Extreme Associates and Its Owners, Robert Zicari And Janet Romano, Sentenced For Violating Federal Obscenity Laws
U.S. District Judge
“Extreme Associates produced and distributed sexually degrading material that portrayed women in the most vile and depraved manner imaginable,” stated Ms. Buchanan. “These prison sentences affirm the need to continue to protect the public from obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy material, the production of which degrades all of us,” she added.
At the time of their March plea hearing, Zicari and Romano, through Extreme Associates, Inc., admitted to mailing three obscene films entitled “Forced Entry – Director’s Cut,” “Cocktails 2 – Directors Cut,” and “Extreme Teen #24 ” to the Western District of
In addition, the defendants admitted transmitting six obscene video clips over the Internet through their Web site.
Ms. Buchanan said that in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court stated in Miller v. California that materials are obscene if they satisfy a three part test:
(1) The average person, applying contemporary community standards, finds that the material taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest; and
(2) The average person, applying contemporary community standards, finds that the material depicts sexual conduct in patently offensive manner; and
(3) A reasonable person, viewing the material as a whole, finds that the material lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.
Extreme Associates and its owners conceded that the charged materials are obscene under the Miller test, and that the distribution of these materials is illegal.
Extreme Associates, Inc. was the subject of a PBS Frontline documentary entitled “American Porn,” which aired nationwide on
U.S. Attorney Buchanan, Assistant U.S. Attorneys
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice