Thoughts Over The Morning’s Second Cup of Coffee: When Porn Lawyers Work Free

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I’ll be the first one to admit it. I’m not a journalist like the great Richard Abowitz who obviously makes enough money at his craft to afford nose jobs. I’m just a 66 year-old powerfully built slob who ruminates over his morning’s coffee and pokes his unvarnished nose into porn’s unanswered questions.

The other day Abowitz tweeted this about moi- RichardAbowitz @RichardAbowitz: “Sentences like this: ‘I don’t know what the laws are concerning this, but…” are why you are such a shitty and lazy journalist.'”

The great Richard Abowitz is obviously alluding to a lazily crafted question I posed the other night concerning whether John Stagliano ever signed a model release in his life. And, if not, does that make all the Evil Angel product he appears in illegal? A simple question I’m sure any lawyer worth his salt can give you a two-hour dissertation on.

While on the subject of porn lawyers, I notice this week that the handsome attorney Lawrence Walters [pictured] is coming to the rescue of Trish Post who owns Intimacy On a New Level, an adult store in Pittsylvania Co., VA. Post is fighting back after officials ordered her to close shop.

Post, according to news sources contacted a lawyer in Orlando who specializes in cases that violate First Amendment rights.

Attorney Walters agreed to take the case free of charge. I repeat free of charge. Again I repeat, free of charge.

Why Post’s case is so special I don’t know. Attorney Walters is representing another adult store owner in Polk County, Florida. Her name is Minakashiben Patel. Patel was charged with 10 counts each of distribution of obscenity and possession of obscenity with intent to sell.

Detectives purchased adult movies at the Sunoco Superway No. 6 gas station and convenience store she owns in Dundee, Fla.

If I were Patel and read the account that Walters was representing Post, gratis, I’d have questions, myself.

In the Post case, Walters is saying what the county is doing is unconstitutional.

“If the county can shut down their business because they don’t like what they’re doing, then that means the county can shut down anyone’s business because they don’t like what they’re doing, and that’s not what this country was founded on,” Walters said.

Let’s back up a bit to four years ago when another celebrated obscenity case took place in Staunton, Virginia involving book store owner Rick Krial.

Krial, who operated a store called After Hours Video and his company, LSP of Virginia, LLC, were found guilty by a seven-person jury following a week-long obscenity trial.

The wear and tear and the money involved in defending himself drove Krial out of business. Krial’s attorney? Paul Cambria.

Contrary to the spirit of giving, you can bet that Cambria is sucking the marrow out of John Stagliano’s bones in the lawsuit Katie Summers filed against him. I can only imagine what the numbers were on the check Krial made out to Lipsitz, Green, Scime, Cambria LLP.

I guess what Walters is doing on behalf of Post is called pro bono. I would need a non-shitty journalist and legal expert like Richard Abowitz to answer that question. For certain, though, Paul Cambria, an Abgowitz buddy, I’m sure, isn’t cutting his clients any breaks.

He might be working cheap, then, again, Lawrence Walters actually wins cases.

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