Thursday, April 7, 2016

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Friday, March 25, 2016

L.A.'s unenforceable porn condom law: The prophylactic police reach a "stalemate" in the courts, but regulators aren't giving up yet

Good news for Americans with a fetish for safety goggles: If certain California activists get their way, we could be seeing a lot more of them in erotic videos, along with more condoms and dental dams. While Los Angeles County and the porn industry are at a legal deadlock over a county condom requirement, barrier protection in porn is now set for a statewide vote in November.

The L.A. law, known as "Measure B," was approved by voters in 2012 and has been embroiled in legal challenges ever since. Constitutional lawyer Paul Cambria Jr. and his colleagues are representing porn giant Vivid Entertainment in its lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Health Department.

Measure B's two main mandates are that porn performers must wear condoms for scenes involving sexual intercourse and that adult filmmakers must apply for public health permits. Sold by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) as a way to protect porn actors from HIV, the adult film industry says it's both unnecessary-current industry screening standards for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases work just fine--and unconstitutional.

Both a U.S. district court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Vivid's argument that the condom law violates the First Amendment. "We agree with the district court," wrote appeals Judge Susan P. Graber in December 2014, that "whatever unique message plaintiffs might intend to convey by depicting condomless sex, it is unlikely that viewers of adult films will understand that message."

But the decision wasn't all bad news for the industry. Graber affirmed the lower court's choice to enjoin several key provisions of Measure B, including stipulations that non-compliant production companies could have their permits taken away and a provision related to searches and seizures. "Given that adult filming could occur almost anywhere, Measure B would seem to authorize a health officer to enter and search any part of a private home in the middle of the night, because he suspects violations are occurring," District Judge Dean Pregerson wrote in his decision. "This is unconstitutional because it is akin to a general warrant."

So what does that mean for the measure? While "the condom requirement is still there, there's no mechanism there to either grant or take away a permit or whatever," explained Cambria during a January 20 panel discussion at Adult Video News' 2016 Adult Entertainment Expo, the industry's annual trade show and awards ceremony. "It's a stalemate" on enforcement at this point.

The state can still go after filmmakers under California's occupational safety rules. The California Department of Industrial Relations, known as Cal/OSHA, states in its blood-borne pathogen standards that employers must "protect workers from serious diseases including HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, which can be transmitted through exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials." Cal/OSHA has interpreted this to mean that porn performers must wear condoms.

But the agency's heart doesn't seem to be in enforcement, observes Karen Fuller Tynan, a California lawyer who specializes in adult-industry cases. Though Tynan's been busy recently defending porn production companies cited by Cal/OSHA, the agency only began investigating and prosecuting companies for condom violations after loud complaints from AHF. Recently Tynan helped one client settle with the agency for $685--down from an initial attempt to fine the company more than $20,000 for "lack of barrier protection" in a film scene.

Tynan also represented porn company Evil Angel, but this time there was no settling. Cal/OSHA offered, she said, but Evil Angel founder and owner John Stagliano declined. The case went to trial, but "halfway through the first morning in the trial Cal/OSHA dismissed everything related to condoms. They couldn't prove their case. And I think we ended up getting cited for an air compressor." (Disclosure: Stagliano is a donor to Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes reason.)

"That case really showed Cal/OSHA that we'll take it to the mat, that certain companies are not going to be pushed around," Tynan said at the same AVN panel.

On February 18, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board will hold a public hearing on the use of condoms and other barrier-protection methods, such as dental dams, in porn films. They will also consider a requirement that porn performers wear safety goggles "if you can reasonably anticipate anything in the eyes," Tynan explained, "in addition to tons of record-keeping [requirements] that probably violate every kind of privacy law."

Meanwhile, supporters and opponents of mandatory condoms are gearing up for a new battle, as a law similar to L.A. County's will appear on California's statewide ballot in November. AHF President Michael Weinstein is leading the charge for The California Safer Sex in Adult Film Act, which would mandate condom use for all on-camera intercourse and also, depending on particulars, require things like dental dams and safety goggles; impose a fine (up to $70,000) for each barrier-protection violation, along with fines of $1,000 to $15,000 for failing to file the proper paperwork for each filming; and force all porn production companies to get a special state license. It would also allow any California resident to file a lawsuit against an adult film company if he or she notices no condoms being used. And it would make Weinstein the state porn czar, tasked with investigating and prosecuting non-compliant companies.

Weinstein and AHF also have their targets set on passing condom measures in Nevada and Florida, Tynan added. "He wants to be the sheriff of porn town," she said. "He really wants to get rid of us, and wants to rule us."

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bribes, bickering and backhanders

The decrepitude of old age is a piteous sight and subject. In his second book Michael Honig--a doctor-turned-novelist and sharp observer of the body's frailties, and the mind's--zanily explores it through the imagined senility of Vladimir Putin, once supremely powerful, now struggling to tie his laces. The horror, sadness and momentary furies of dementia are all traced in Vladimir's plight, plus the tedium and--especially--the bleak comedy. As the story opens, he is visited by his successor: 'I'm going to fire that bastard,' he says. 'Have we got cameras?' On a lakeside walk he strips off for phantom paparazzi. These fiascos are parodies of a parody, the actual Putin's macho antics themselves being a pantomime of statecraft, staged with an invisible wink, as Honig's send-ups help you to see.

The conceit is that, after serving five terms as president and two as prime minister, Vladimir is confined to a dacha outside Moscow. He is diligently nursed by Sheremetev, a sort of holy fool and possibly the most honest man in Russia, whose probity has 'earned him only laughter and contempt'. The patient's short-term recall has evaporated, but, as they often are, his distant memories are undimmed, in his case involving wars (he has annexed part of Belarus), assassinations and rigged elections. Sheremetev tactfully doesn't listen to his ramblings about kickbacks and shakedowns, just as he is unaware of the orgy of graft his dacha colleagues are conducting: 'Like fish gorging themselves on a whale's flesh even while the whale was still alive.'

Two developments shock him from his innocence. War erupts between Stepanin the cook--a fine comic creation almost as profane as Vladimir, who is trying to amass the capital to open a 'Russian fusion' restaurant--and the housekeeper over mark-ups on poultry supplies. Even Sheremetev cannot ignore the stench from the carcasses that are the conflict's symbolic collateral damage. Second, his beloved nephew is arrested for insubordination. The bribe-price of his freedom is $300,000. Despairingly, Sheremetev begins to eye Vladimir's watch collection, to rationalise and to eavesdrop.

This is not a post-Putin dystopia in the manner of Vladimir Sorokin; Honig is not much interested in the future. Rather, like some novels by Mikhail Bulgakov--one of Russia's own great doctor-authors--his satire is an inflection and commentary on contemporary reality. In it he shows as sure a grasp of the guts of kleptocracy, with all its mutual blackmail and spoils-sharing, as of the tragicomedy of age. And by exploring how far a person remains responsible for his past, and how forgivable it becomes, amid its screwball rage this very funny book is also an unexpectedly touching one.

Miller, A.D.

No hiding place: Technology has made murderers much easier to catch

My first courtroom murder case could have come straight from one of Andrew Taylor's novels. A gruesome crime--the death of a child. And the murderer was brought to justice by exquisite detective work: police established that the killer had dug a grave but then abandoned it. They also found a witness. That was 20 years ago. The prosecution for cases that I'm involved in now have changed beyond recognition.

Take number-plate-recognition technology. Most murderers drive to their victim, but now cars are tracked by cameras across the country. The police can list vehicles seen near a crime scene, then trace them back. That's how, in 2006, they caught Steve Wright, the man who killed five prostitutes in Ipswich. I had a case recently where the murderer claimed she hadn't visited her ex-boyfriend's house when it was set ablaze. The police gave her car key to BMW, and the company ran some tests. This established what time the car had been started, and the distance it had been driven: the details correlated exactly with the murder.

Or consider the idea of a 'dirty' phone, used for nefarious purposes. Criminals think, wrongly, that unless the phone itself ends up with the police, they can get away with their misdeeds. Not any more. Police can look at data and track phones as they move about. If they spot a suspected dirty phone, they can examine its calls, find out when it was used and see if that correlates with the suspect's known movements. If it's a match, the jury will hear about it.

Then you have forensic technology, which is advancing at an incredible pace. It's now very difficult not to leave a trace of DNA at a murder scene. Even if a murderer wears gloves, there's usually some DNA transfer. I remember a post-office heist in which thieves broke in through the shop next door and stole everything from a caged area. It was a pretty clean job. But they had smoked a couple of cigarettes earlier, and thrown them away at the scene. The police scraped DNA from the butts.

There was also a case last week of a man who killed his wife, then confessed immediately by calling 999. You can see why: going on the run may prolong capture, but not for long. It has never been harder to get away with murder.

Testimony from hell

In the tangled debates about the Holocaust and theodicy, I often find myself coming back to a line from the Australian critic Clive James, criticizing one of the innumerable attempts to trace the Shoah back to one specific, manageable taproot. "Not many of us," James wrote, "in a secular age, are willing to concede that, in the form of Hitler, Satan visited the Earth, recruited an army of sinners, and fought and won a battle against God."
What this line gets at is the strange double effect of the Holocaust on religious belief. On the one hand, in the shadow of Auschwitz, faith quails, God's presence seems to vanish, and the problem of evil rises to its sharpest pitch. And yet at the same time the Holocaust also seems to be beyond secular and materialist categories: The annihilation of God's chosen people in a hellscape crafted with modern industrial precision and a satanic sense of "humor" (work makes you free; hurry up into the shower, there s coffee waiting for you) feels inherently metaphysical, the closest thing to a proof of the existence of the prince of this world as history has supplied. Which should leave both the faithful and the skeptical, if we're honest, not with either piety or unbelief, but with a kind of supernatural fear.
The achievement of Son of Saul, a Hungarian film recently honored with the Oscar for best foreign film, is to capture that sense of metaphysical dread, to take us inside the death camps the way Dante takes us inside the Inferno--except with no Virgil or Beatrice promising ascent.
The movie's unbearable subject is the Sonderkommandos, those Jews who were employed--that is, enslaved--by the Nazis to help manage the mass murder of their fellow Jews. It opens with thecamera attaching itself to one of these men--Saul Auslander (Geza Rohrig)--as he directs the crowds of prisoners emerging, amid trees and greenery, from a fresh-arriving train. It takes a few moments, at least, before you accept what's actually going on--that the clothes he helps people hang up are bound for the furnace, the jewels he helps them remove are destined for Nazi treasure chests, and the people themselves ...
And then it happens. Except, as with most of the horrors in the movie, it happens slightly out of focus, in a corner of the screen, while the camera stays with Saul--following him and circling around him and lingering only on Rohrig's angular, impassive face.

The nightmare is always there, behind or around or alongside him--a man being beaten, people being shot and pitched into pits, a corpse's bare breast, a pile of naked limbs and torsos, worse things still. But just as in a horror film (a genre that knows the devil exists but isn't sure about God) the worst thing is what you can't quite make out, what hovers in the shadows or on the edge of the frame, Son of Saul keeps you in a state of agony over what you could see, and don't want to, and fear that in the next moment you might. And then at a certain point you realize that what the movie is really doing is giving you a sense of how the human mind would survive in such a hell: by looking, yet not seeing fully, or seeing only the minimum required to stay alive.
There is a plot as well. That first load of human bodies includes a boy who lives for a moment after the gas is withdrawn, and Saul recognizes him--or so he says; the movie allows for ambiguity about this--as his own son, born out of wedlock. The corpse is taken by a doctor for autopsy, which allows Saul the time he needs to set out on a quest for a rabbi, so that he can give the boy a Jewish burial instead of consigning him to the ovens.
The quest is both complicated and assisted by Saul's half-accidental recruitment into a plot by his fellow Sonderkommandos, involving guns and explosives, cameras to document what's happening, and the hope of some kind of escape. (There was a real Sonderkommando uprising in Auschwitz late in the war, which succeeded in damaging one of the crematoria and killing a clutch of SS men; it ended the way you would expect.) And both Saul's singular mission and the larger plot are a race against the clock, because the Sonderkommandos know that they're scheduled for termination; the Nazis disposed of their unwilling "helpers" every few months and replaced them with a new battalion.
So Son of Saul offers, amid its horror, two paths to resistance: one religious and one secular, one accepting of death's inevitability and one still hoping for escape. And it does not choose between them, or ask us to judge either one superior. That is left to God alone--wherever, in the most satanic of all mankind's works, His presence might be found.

Who killed murder? The mystery of violent crime's dramatic decline

Pity the poor crime writers. Our earnings, like those of all authors, are diminishing for reasons far beyond our control. Our fictional criminals and detectives are being outsmarted by genetic fingerprinting, omnipresent security cameras and telltale mobile phones. Who needs Sherlock Holmes to solve a tricky crime when you have computers, with their unsporting ability to transmit and analyse enormous quantities of data and identify culprits? But the bigger problem for us novelists (if not for everyone else) is that murder itself is dying.

The official homicide rate peaked in 2002, thanks to Dr Harold Shipman, and has since fallen by half--from 944 then to 517 last year. Adjusting for population, murder is now at the same level it was in the last years of Queen Victoria--and, in spite of what Arthur Conan Doyle led readers to believe, the streets were pretty safe then. The murder rate started to rise in the 1960s and soared in the 1990s, which caused widespread panic. Family breakdown, collapsing morals and a feral underclass were all blamed for an apparently inexorable increase in violent crime.

But then that rise stopped, and the murder rate began to nosedive. Why? Or, as we crime writers say, whodunnit?

Investigating the murder of murder is difficult, especially when statistics derive from a variety of sources. This is not just a British phenomenon. Homicide rates throughout the industrialised world have declined during the past century. The fall in Britain, the USA and Canada is particularly marked--these are all countries where the rate increased in the 1960s and 1970s. And it isn't just murder. Over the past 20 years robbery has declined almost as much as homicide, and vehicle theft more so.

Prosperity is often fingered as the prime suspect, the idea being that the economic boom of the 1990s suppressed many of the conditions in which crime flourishes. It's a nice theory, but unfortunately it doesn't hold up to scrutiny. You can search in vain for any correlation between national wealth and crime figures. During the Great Depression, when unemployment rose to 25 per cent, the crime rate in many cities went down. When Britain became far richer in the 1960s, crime started to spike. But since the beginning of the economic crash, in 2008, murder rates have continued their downward trend.

Evidence from the rest of the world further undermines the idea that wealth is killing homicide. In its 2011 Global Study on Homicide, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime confirmed that the murder rate had fallen worldwide during the recession.


Which leads us to another possibility: perhaps the murder rate has fallen because we have put most potential murderers behind bars for other crimes? Britain's prison population has doubled over the past 25 years, and almost doubled in Australia and the United States. Alas, this theory is fatally undermined by conflicting statistics from other developed countries, such as Canada and the Netherlands, where they've released plenty of prisoners without any corresponding surge in homicides. Even in New York, once a hotbed of murder, imprisonment has fallen by 26 per cent over the last decade--and crime has fallen by 28 per cent.

So we must search for another lead. Perhaps the police are getting better at preventing crimes? If this is true, the police must have brought about the reduction in violent crime with fewer officers: last year, Britain had 154,000 boys and girls in blue, some 10 per cent less than when David Cameron came to power. For the Police Federation, who were arguing against the cuts, it's all rather embarrassing: their budget was slashed and surveyed crime is now at its lowest since records began 25 years ago.

The increase in 'data-driven', 'CompStat' or 'hotspot' policing has no doubt helped prevent a lot of crime. This involves the flexible use of police resources, allowing forces to respond rapidly to potential trouble spots by flooding them with officers. Another tactic is the so-called 'broken windows' approach, whereby police crack down rigorously on low-level offences in the hope of preventing more serious ones in the long run. A third method involves building trust through community-oriented policing.

But is any of that really the difference between a rising crime rate and a falling one? The evidence from America is mixed. One study looked at three cities that each pursued a very different approach to policing. In New York, the police force quadrupled in size and there was what is politely called an 'oppositional' relationship between neighbourhoods and officers. In San Diego, the number of police on the beat remained much the same as before. In Washington DC, the police chief pursued an 'empathy' policy, reducing the level of confrontation between police and public. Three cities, three policies, and in each case the result was a swift drop in crime.

Some experts argue that the decline is due to wider demographic changes. Western societies have more old people now, and the elderly are much less likely than younger people to commit violent crime--or to be victims of it. The original baby boomers are collecting their pensions, and the second generation of baby boomers are now in their forties. But in London this answer doesn't stand up to close scrutiny either. The number of 18-to-24-yearold men--the group most likely to turn to crime--has increased, while London's crime rate, apart from a small spike in murder last year, has continued to drop.

S o perhaps it's just that the usual suspects --young people--are better behaved than their parents were? They are more likely to be university-educated and, across the EU as a whole, a quarter of them aged 27 to 34 are still living with their parents. They are less likely to drink or consume illegal drugs than their parents at the same age. Sober young people tend not to kill.

Some think that the real clue lies in the womb. In 2001, an American economist named Steven D. Levitt argued that legalising abortion may have had the unexpected side-effect of lowering the crime rate. This controversial theory is based on two premises: that unwanted children are more likely to turn to crime; and that legalising abortion means fewer unwanted births.

A number of American and Canadian studies have established the possibility of a link between legalised abortion and diminishing rates of homicide. If they're right, Levitt claims, this would account for 25 to 30 per cent of 'the observed crime decline in the 1990s'. Correlation, however, does not amount to causation and the theory does not appear to work outside North America. The tapering off of criminal activity has also continued long after abortion rates stabilised.

And so we turn to identifying the murder weapon. Countries with strict gun laws have few homicides. Among OECD countries, America's murder rate is second only to Mexico's, though the number of violent assaults is comparable to other western countries. Guns are used in two thirds of all murders. Since Obama has been in the White House, however, gun sales have actually risen. In 2013 alone, Americans bought about 16 million new firearms. Yet the rate at which they gunned down their fellow Americans has halved over the past two decades.

Of course, it is worth looking at the lifestyle of potential perpetrators. The street price of heroin has plunged in recent years (it's now about 10 [pounds sterling] a hit), which has led to suggestions that a fall in violent crime is at least partly due to the fact it is now easier for addicts to fund their habit without crime. Similarly, the crack epidemic's decline has been cited as a contributing factor.

No theory, however unlikely-sounding, should be dismissed without thorough investigation. And so it might be that the phased removal of lead from petrol and paint caused a drop in violent crime. Lead pollution has a well-documented effect on children's brains, leading to aggressive behaviour and cognitive delays. Some researchers have matched the rise and fall of such pollution to the rise and fall of murder, though oddly enough they have found no link between it and property crime. Nevertheless Jessica Reyes, an American economist, credits cleaner air with 56 per cent of the reduction in violent crime. Many other experts find the theory suspiciously simplistic and less than plausible, so in the absence of supporting evidence it's not convincing. The increased use of mood-enhancing drugs such as Prozac and Ritalin has also been suggested as a factor.


If this were a murder mystery, it would be the unsatisfactory sort that has too many farfetched suspects. The solution in one of Agatha Christie's better-known stories turned out to be that all the suspects were guilty of the murder. Perhaps that's happened here. But we really don't know. The creator of Hercule Poirot would have arranged things much better.

Andrew Taylor's latest novel is The Ashes of London.

The University of Missouri has fired Melissa Click--finally

The University of Missouri has fired Melissa Click--finally. The professor of communications in the school's prestigious journalism school earned national attention, ironically, for clamping down on student journalists trying to record protests at the university in November. Click was caught on camera requesting that protesters employ "muscle" against their peer, and she pushed a reporter herself. Academia has its perks, though: For criminally assaulting a student, Click received a few hours of community service--not to mention the full-throated support of 115 colleagues, who signed a letter on her behalf. Whether the administration suddenly grew a spine or is operating out of self-interest--applications and donations to the school have plummeted--is unclear, but we'll soon find out: The American Association of University Professors has announced a formal investigation into Click's firing, citing "academic freedom" concerns. Nonsense. Neither the First Amendment nor the most expansive interpretation of academic freedom grants professors the right to assault students. There used to be schools that taught such things.