During this trial, the state intends to call Dr. Mary Anne Layden as an expert witness. She previously testified before the House Commerce Subcommittee on Technology, Trade and Consumer Protection on the proposed legislation that would become COPA. That law has been struck down repeatedly.
Adult entertainment lawyer, Jeffrey Douglas was at that hearing and reports that Layden’s testimony was a bit less than credible. “She testified that a woman became a nun because she was raped by her brother who saw their father’s Playboy magazines,” he wrote. “I kid you not.”
In November of 2004, she testified at Sam Brownback’s (R-KS) infamous “porn is an erotoxin” hearing. See Internet Porn: Worse Than Crack? Her absurd testimony is here. At those hearings, Layden referred to pornography as tantamount to an addictive drug and called it “the most concerning thing to psychological health that I know of existing today.” (My law firm’s response is available here).
In a personal conversation I had with Senator Russ Feingold, he referred to the “erotoxin hearings” as the lowest point to which he had ever seen a senator sink.
And this is the crackpot that the State of Virginia dug up, apparently from its international directory of ass-hats.
Defense attorney, Paul Cambria, will be fighting the man in this case. Paul sums up the theme of his defense.
“The bottom line decision is going to be, does an adult in the community have the right to choose this form of entertainment if that is the thing they would like to select? That really is what it comes down to.” (source)
Rock on, brother.