Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Judge gives Flynt a break


Court will wait past voting day

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Larry Flynt's legal troubles in Cincinnati won't interfere with his bid to become California's governor.

A judge on Monday agreed to delay the Hustler publisher's next court date in an obscenity case until after Oct. 7, the day of California's free-for-all recall election.

Flynt is running against almost 200 other candidates, including movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, former child actor Gary Coleman and a model named Angelyne.

Flynt is, to say the least, a long shot. But Common Pleas Judge Patrick Dinkelacker isn't taking any chances. To ensure the legal proceedings would not interfere with Flynt's campaign, the judge suggested the next hearing be put off until Oct. 14.

"I'm not trying to be funny," the judge said in court Monday. "But Mr. Flynt is running for governor."

Attorneys on both sides nodded and smiled at the judge's suggestion. No one objected to a delay.

"It may be real interesting," said Flynt's attorney, H. Louis Sirkin, "if we have to get Governor Flynt in court."

Flynt is accused of breaking a 1999 deal in which he promised not to sell pornographic videos in Hamilton County in exchange for prosecutors dropping obscenity charges against him.

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E-mail dhorn@enquirer.com




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