Flynt’s attorney plans to seek dismissal of charges

Friday, April 10, 1998

Larry Flynt...
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Larry Flynt

Larry Flynt's attorneys plan to file a series of motions seeking to dismiss charges in the 15-count indictment handed down against the Hustler porn magnate this week.

H. Louis Sirkin, a nationally known First Amendment attorney who represents Larry Flynt and his brother, Jimmy, said that “we will most likely be filing a series of motions to dismiss, attacking the whole process.”

The indictments handed down by a grand jury in Hamilton County, Ohio, consist of nine counts of “pandering obscenity,” three counts of “disseminating matter harmful to juveniles,” two counts of conspiracy and one count of “engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.”

Sirkin said he would definitely challenge the charge of “engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The charges stem from the alleged rental and sale of various adult videotapes at Flynt's downtown Cincinnati store, Hustler Books, Magazines and Gifts. The three counts involving juveniles involve the alleged sale or rental of three adult videotapes, including Pam and Tommy Lee, Hardcore and Uncensored, to a 14-year-old.

“Depending upon the factual situations, we will probably file a couple of motions to dismiss the harmful-to-juvenile charges. We will just have to wait a bit until more facts are fleshed out,” Sirkin said.

Sirkin added that he will probably not file his series of motions “until after the arraignment,” which is tentatively scheduled for April 21.