Fetish Filmmaker Found Guilty Of Federal Obscenity Charges
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Hollywood Hills fetish filmmaker was found guilty Friday of federal obscenity charges, following two mistrials.
After deliberating less than two hours, a Los Angeles federal jury convicted Ira Isaacs of five counts connected to the production, sales and shipping of four films that depict scenes of defecation and bestiality, according to defense attorney Roger Jon Diamond.
U.S. District Judge George H. King set Aug. 6 for sentencing.
Isaacs’ first case in 2008 ended in a mistrial when the judge recused himself after it was revealed that he had posted sexually explicit photos on his personal website.
A second mistrial was declared last month after the panel voted 10-2 in favor of conviction.
Justice Department prosecutors did not immediately return a call for comment.
Isaacs, 62, was charged with producing obscene material and mailing it across state lines.
Jurors were shown the four films.
“This prosecution was another waste of time and money,” Diamond said. “It all came down to the makeup of the jury — sometimes you get a majority of liberals and sometimes you get a bunch of uptight people. You never know.”