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Handley Gets 6 Months Imprisonment, Probation

Iowan loli manga importer gets six months in jail.


Christopher Handley, an Iowa man slapped with obscenity charges when a piece of his mail was discovered to contain seven loli manga (titles are listed here), has been sentenced today-- the report just came online at PACER.

Handley will be imprisoned for a term of 6 months and, if he meets his release conditions at that time, be released with three years of probation for his Possession of Obscene Visual Representations of the Sexual Abuse of Children charge. Handley was also given five years of probation for Mailing Obscene Matter, to be served concurrently with the probation on the other charge.

From what I can tell here, Handley has been given relatively standard probation terms: no firearms, will cooperate in DNA collection, will go through a treatment program as directed by a probation officer, and may be given polygraph exams in an attempt to ensure his good behavior.

Handley is NOT being required to register as a sex offender, one of several possible harsh conditions that Handley's defense suggested might be attempted in their sentencing recommendations from the day prior.
 
On the more editorial side: you all probably know that I'm thoroughly biased in favor of the defense; in my opinion Handley should not be serving any time at all. But I understand not wanting to be the test case on an attempt to get a law thrown out, and for Handley's personal sake I'm glad that it looks like he'll have a chance to live a normal life after all this.
 
But what do YOU guys think? I know some of you talked about how lolicon should or should not be banned-- I'd like to hear from you. (Also, help us-- and manga fans --out by spreading the word and digging this! You know I don't ask often.)
Noodleson Feb. 11, 2010 at 1:28 p.m.
This sentencing is pretty messed up; America is becoming more and more like Australia every day. What's next, banning small breasts? http://www.somebodythinkofthechildren.com/australia-bans-small-breasts/
GodLen staff on Feb. 11, 2010 at 2:04 p.m.
Six months, that's it? That's almost like a vacation! 
Killroycantkillon Feb. 11, 2010 at 2:13 p.m.
This is the stupidest thing I've ever read since that story of that canadian kid getting stopped at the border for "Possible sexual material" in his X-Men comics he bought at a convention. As long as he is not actually comitting crimes against real people there should be no problem. Though Lolicon is as close to child porn as things are going to get people forget that these are DRAWN PEOPLE. Go back to all the weird Japanese contreversy about RapLay and the other "Rape Simulators". Unless the book says that those girls are under 18 or whatever age why is this a problem, the guy just likes his certain fetish.
 
For dear god I hope the gov't never looks into 4chan more because as soon as they find /d/ everyone is gonna be going to jail. Good thing I live in Canada I guess, but I'm sure our gov't will be adopting the same style soon.
 
PS: LOL at Noodles comment.
Benuon Feb. 11, 2010 at 2:18 p.m.
I find this to be pretty scary honestly. Reading over all the info it seems like this guy was just like any other anime fan. It's scary because I feel like that could have been any anime fan they could have done this to. It makes me sick to my stomach that they are even giving him jail time. The sentencing could have been much worse but it's still pretty scary.
JELEINENon Feb. 11, 2010 at 2:20 p.m.

 
I'm relieved to see that it wasn't worse.  I know Chris, and I really didn't want to see him spending years in prison over this.  I just hope that he can get his life together again after this.  I also I hope the terms of his probation doesn't prevent him from getting together with the rest of us to watch anime like we used to. 

sunfloweron Feb. 11, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.
Well, since he gets 6 months for owning a drawing of something illegal, I want to see everyone with drawings of crimes be imprisoned.  That includes drawings of murder, doing drugs, stealing, and jaywalking.  And frankly, a representation of a dying man nailed to some boards is IMO beyond the pale.  Obviously anyone with that fetish is likely to go out and start nailing other people to boards.  Jail time for possession of that one for sure.
rocketbomberon Feb. 11, 2010 at 2:34 p.m.
@GodLen: six months _without manga_ 
(not just the loli stuff that got him trouble -- 6mo. w/o *any* manga at all) 
 
It's like a life sentence.
JackSukeruon Feb. 11, 2010 at 2:41 p.m.
@sunflower: Dude, I totally know of a place that has that! 
 
I'll go grab some pitchforks while you get the mob together, those bastards will pay!
John_Martoneon Feb. 11, 2010 at 2:48 p.m.
@JELEINEN: Whoa. Would you be interested at all in penning something down about Handley the person. I mean, this case, more than any, really incises me. As far as we know, Handley isn't much different than you or I here, so I think it be interesting to hear about the guy being vilified.
 
@sunflower: Though its still unfair, I think we're overall lucky that such sweeping, logical continuations probably won't happen here.
sunfloweron Feb. 11, 2010 at 3 p.m.
@John_Martone: You hope. While I was being extremely sarcastic in my previous comment, what has been happening to our freedoms is a fact.  This war against pornography has been slowly gaining ground since the 50s, and people have shrugged it off at every step of the way as our rights have been eroded.  And yet here we are today, a man jailed for drawings, a notion people would have scoffed at 50 years ago.
Zeouterlimitson Feb. 11, 2010 at 3:17 p.m.
I... would not mind if lolicon was banned. 
 I do not believe  Handley deserves any punishment though, that indeed is ridiculous.
John_Martoneon Feb. 11, 2010 at 3:23 p.m.
@sunflower: I dunno, while our rights may be wanning instead of waxing, I'd think that since we've still near the proximity of a culture that had book burnings, we're still a little better off.
Matteon Feb. 11, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.
@sunflower said:
" @John_Martone: You hope. While I was being extremely sarcastic in my previous comment, what has been happening to our freedoms is a fact.  This war against pornography has been slowly gaining ground since the 50s, and people have shrugged it off at every step of the way as our rights have been eroded.  And yet here we are today, a man jailed for drawings, a notion people would have scoffed at 50 years ago. "
What's also scary is the premise (I think that's the correct word) that he was prosecuted in prevention of abuse.  Because of his current situations and the argument that many kiddy porn fans have no criminal history before their first charge, he's to be labeled as a threat to society?  I don't think it's too far fetched to link this to violent video game arguments either.
 
For Mr. Handley, who recognized his compulsion, this may turn out to be the best thing for him.  But what about the rest of us who have no compulsions on the subject, only an open-mindedness.  It's worrisome...
sunfloweron Feb. 11, 2010 at 3:42 p.m.
@Matte: *nods* We're all potential criminals.  And today someone was sentenced ahead of time because the DA was guessing about what he might do in the future with no basis in fact, just a gut feeling.  It's a shameful reason to prosecute anyone, and I consider it persecution rather than prosecution.
giaon Feb. 11, 2010 at 3:44 p.m.
@Matte: But part of the question is, is the compulsion in favor of lolicon really the same thing as compulsion in favor of molesting children? Lolicon is very much a fantasy of young children-- it is not the reality. Those who find real ("3D") children attractive may not be interested in the unrealistic manga; those who enjoy the manga fantasy may not find real children attractive at all. To my knowledge no real research has been done on the topic, and unless we had VERY compelling evidence suggesting that reading said materials led to real-life crimes, I see absolutely no reason to ban written or hand-drawn materials of this nature.
Dream moderator on Feb. 11, 2010 at 4:16 p.m.
*sighs*
 
The difference in what is considered socially acceptable between foreign cultures just bewilders me. As far as I can tell from the prosecution's arguments from what I looked up on ANN, they seem to consider the lolicon manga from Handley to be some form of thought crime as there's no factual basis for the material to be legal to own in the eyes of the country. It's quite appalling that they're calling the guy a "sexual deviant" even though he hasn't gone out and committed any kind of crime. As gia pointed out, there still hasn't been any legitimate evidence that proves reading or watching any lolicon anime/ manga or other sexually explicit material makes someone commit a violent or sexual crime as all criticisms of the mediums have, for the most part, been fueled by personal beliefs and bias.
crusader8463on Feb. 11, 2010 at 6:04 p.m.
The whole thing is stupid for reasons that I'm sure have been said many times below me. Stuff like this is why i will just stick to the internet for my loli fapping nights in. Besides with the internet you don't have to worry about over using a book and having the pages wrinkle/stain/rip. Not to mention getting sent to a federal fuck me in the ass prison for wanting to rub out a couple to a dam cartoon.
JJOR64on Feb. 11, 2010 at 6:07 p.m.
I still think this whole case is retarded, but whatever.
Oishi_47on Feb. 11, 2010 at 6:53 p.m.
The war on 90% of the internet is lost.  http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/feb/03/convictions-upheld-resentencing-ordered-max-hardco/ 
If you don't want to read this, basically the precedent established is that if any material on the internet is considered illegal by any county law, the producers of said material can be prosecuted for it. In other words, the content on the internet is held to the standard of the strictest county laws regarding obscene material. If I've ever wished we'd lose the bible belt to a tornado...
Void_Wizardon Feb. 11, 2010 at 7:31 p.m.
All is lost.

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