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Obscenity Trial Suspended after 'L.A. Times' Reveals Famed Judge Has Porn on His Site

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Obscenity Trial Suspended after 'L.A. Times' Reveals Famed Judge Has Porn on His Site

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The chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals -- a well-known essayist -- on Wednesday suspended an obscenity trial over which he was presiding after a newspaper reported he had posted sexually explicit photos and videos on his own Web site.

Judge Alex Kozinski granted a joint prosecution and defense motion to suspend the trial after the prosecution said it needed time to look into the issue. The jury was ordered to return on Monday.

"I'm not going to say anything. The trial is ongoing," Kozinski said in response to a reporter's question as he left.

The suspension came after jurors spent hours at the Pasadena offices of the 9th Circuit watching videos of bestiality and extreme fetishes which are evidence in the trial of a Los Angeles businessman who sold them.

Kozinski indicated to the attorneys he would be willing to recuse himself but noted that the trial had already begun and jurors had already seen two of the graphic movies. …

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