Gordon Lee CBLDF Update

Apparently, Georgia prosecutors hold grudges when you tell them they’re breaking the law. Retailer Gordon Lee faces a third round of indictments on two misdemeanor counts, all because a kid was accidentally given a comic with non-sexual historical nudity in it.

The CBLDF lawyer says, “It is highly unusual to have a single defendant face three arraignments in less than two years for the same alleged criminal conduct. In my fifteen years of practice, I have never seen such an occurrence.” In other words, the prosecutor won’t let it go because he can’t admit he was wrong and he’s probably crusading on pointless “protect the kiddies” morality.

I don’t often use this kind of language, but much as I value what America stands for, this country is fucked up. Aren’t there much more pressing problems we could worry about? Why make a valuable charitable organization waste $60,000 and counting to keep this retailer from going to jail for a year over charges that never should have been filed (and were originally dismissed because they were misfiled)? Is a kid going to be scarred for life because he saw a drawing of Picasso’s pee-pee? Why are Americans so afraid of nudity? Makes me want to move back to the UK.

3 Responses to “Gordon Lee CBLDF Update”

  1. Jer Says:

    It’s not just the charity’s money that’s going to waste here either — how much Georgia taxpayer money is wrapped up in prosecuting these charges for a third time? Couldn’t that money be put to better use? Especially since I’m 99% sure that there is no way in hell that this particular retailer is going to make this kind of screw-up again (and, more than likely, nor will any other comics retailer in the state).

    This strikes me as a CYA maneuver on the prosector’s part — the messed up the case twice and they need SOMETHING to stick the guy with or they look like incompetent twits. As it stands, their actions make them look like incompetent twits to me anyway, but since I’m not voting in Georgia, my opinion probably means jack squat.

  2. Michael Denton Says:

    I’m not sure why American society is so stuck up on nudity (especially non-sexual nudity) although certainly it’s all rooted in the strong religious movements in our nation’s history (many, if not all, of which are based in zealotry or fanaticism). But, you’re right, this country’s value system is f-ed up. Those of us who know better (myself included) often don’t take the time to be activist enough and the a vast majority of people just don’t want to put any real thought into difficult issues. It’s much more convenient (for some of the reasons you point out in your post on why adults don’t appreciate comic continuity and for some reasons that involve socialization and some that involve a lack of intelligence) to react to sound-bites and meaningless rallying calls of “protect the children” – I mean, on the surface, who thinks that is a bad idea or wants to rally _against_ it? But rarely do we, as a society, pull back the veil and see that children are a lot more capable than we give them credit for and that they often just aren’t being threatened (IMO, it seems this call is used to disguise much more adult power-oriented motives nowadays). And because we react so strongly to shallow, fast bits of information, politicians play on this – here the city attorney is picking on what he sees as an easy target to make himself the hero.

    This also plays into our skewed perceptions as to what makes a leader. The heroic myth is so pervasive, people like this try to seize upon it even in the most corrupted fashion. Also, this is called “work avoidance.” The _real_ issues are so tough and complex that by focusing on something simple and direct, the attorney can make himself feel like (and seem like to others) that he’s making progress on an issue, but is, in fact, just finding a feel-good way to not deal with the fundamental problem.

  3. Johanna Says:

    That “perceived as an easy target” bit is key, I think. Kurt Busiek has talked about how bookstores drew a clear line and fought every battle they could to establish the principle that they could carry almost anything without fear of prosecution. Comic stores aren’t nearly as organized, and the medium is perceived as “for kids only”, which is why we need the CBLDF.




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