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After a series of fuck-ups by the United States Government, the obscenity trial against John “Buttman” Stagliano in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has been dismissed. Around 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, Judge Richard Leon decided that the prosecution’s case against Stagliano—-and two related corporations, John Stagliano Inc. and Evil Angel Productions, Inc.—-was “woefully lacking.” After the prosecution rested its case, defense attorneys requested that Leon dismiss all counts without seeing any further evidence, and he agreed. He dismissed the jury and thanked them for going through what he considered to be “extraordinary lengths” for the court.
On hand to celebrate the victory: Stagliano’s wife, Karen Stagliano,pregnant with a boy; Storm Squirters 2: Target Practice director Joey Silvera; Milk Nymphos performer Lorelei Lee, who just escaped being forced to reveal her real name on the witness stand; documentary filmmaker Simone Grudzen, currently filming a documentary on Lee; and porn performer and director Aurora Snow, covering the trial for AVN.
“They were sloppy,” Stagliano told reporters outside the court. “They were doing it for the wrong reasons . . . there wasn’t any passion to prosecute it.”