Scott Pilutik

I am an attorney and consultant living and working in Manhattan, focusing primarily on church/state constitutional law. I'm a recognized expert on the Church of Scientology organization. I also have strong interests in intellectual property law where it intersects with emerging media, and free speech.

I support the efforts of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU, Creative Commons, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I am a member of the New York County Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association. I also enjoy (watching) hockey and (doing) photograhy.

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Google v. Community Standards

The NY Times reports on an interesting obscenity defense tactic:

In a novel approach, the defense in an obscenity trial in Florida plans to use publicly accessible Google search data to try to persuade jurors that their neighbors have broader interests than they might have thought.

Obscenity convictions hinge on violating local community standards, which obviously vary from community to community, and can appear to vary greatly, at least if your gauge is the make-up of the city council or the school board’s proposals. While I’m surprised (but pleased) that this evidence was allowed in (it seems as if you could argue that Google Trends proves either everything or nothing), I’ll bet this tactic, should it be permitted elsewhere, ultimately demonstrates is that every community is as degenerate and deviant as the next, a realization that will hopefully collapse the entire community standard.

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