Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Judge Didn't Need to Watch Whole DVD to Know It Was Porn, Appeal Court Rules

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Judge Didn't Need to Watch Whole DVD to Know It Was Porn, Appeal Court Rules

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Judge watched enough to rule it was porn:Court

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TORONTO - Ontario's appeal court says a judge who convicted a man of violating his supervision order didn't need to watch an entire program in court to know that it was pornography.

Lorne Campbell, who is banned from watching or possessing pornography, was seen watching "Latin Lovers 2" on cable television between 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. with another resident at a Toronto halfway house.

During trial, the other man and the security guard on duty both testified that the Spanish-language program -- which lasted an hour and 20 minutes, split in two episodes -- was pornographic.

The trial judge watched a DVD version in court, fast-forwarding through and pausing to view the segments at issue.

Court documents show Campbell argued in his appeal that the judge "erred by not watching the entire DVD and therefore failed to consider the context of the program."

But the appeal court found the judge did, in fact, look at the context and was within his rights to determine the show was pornographic. …

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