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It looks like the Federal government’s strategy to add more years to Ira Isaac’s obscenity sentence isn’t going to come via Veronica Jett’s hankie-driven testimony from the witness stand.
In a story reported on by www.xbiz.com, US District Judge George King ruled that Isaacs won’t be subjected to a “vulnerable victim” sentencing adjustment in light of planned testimony that drugs were fed to performers during film shoots.
The Feds planned to introduce testimony from Veronica Jett and another former adult performer named April that they never would have taken part in several scat films if they had not been high after allegedly being fed drugs by Isaacs at the time of the filming such videos as the “Hollywood Scat Amateurs” series.
Prosecutors attempted to use the theory that “vulnerable victims” were exploited in the commission of federal offenses. Isaacs attorney, Roger Jon Diamond, has asked for a reduction in sentencing.
Judge King said “drug addiction by itself does not appear sufficient to vitiate consent” and that the government could not prove whether the former porn stars were victims of the offenses or co-participants.
“If [Jett] and [April] consented, then as consenting adults who helped produce obscene materials, they are better characterized as co-participants in the offenses than as victims,” King said.
King noted that courts do have the authority to look beyond “the four corners of the charge” to defendants’ underlying conduct in determining whether someone is a “vulnerable victim.”
Diamond had argued that the Justice’s Department shouldn’t be able to convert an obscenity trial into “a totally different trial involving unfounded accusations against Mr. Isaacs.” Both Jett and April did not perform in films used in Isaacs’ conviction.