Judge rules two library books are child pornography

The Union Tribune ,in San Diego, is Reporting Judge William Kennedy, at the conclusion of a one-day, nonjury trial, ruled that the photographs depicting naked young girls in provocative poses constituted child pornography. Bruce Johnson, the arts, music and recreation supervisor at the library, said police at times have requested to see the slips to determine who is viewing books of this genre, but the library has always refused to share the information.

\"It\'s a private transaction,\" he said.
\"They are not for art\'s sake but for sexual purposes,\" Kennedy said in rejecting arguments by Davis\' lawyer that the photos had artistic merit.


Library officials said they have repeatedly rebuffed police inquiries about which patrons have reviewed specific books and know of no incident in which books have been forcefully taken from the library by law enforcement officials.


Told of the ruling, City Attorney Casey Gwinn said the issue merits close scrutiny.


\"If it\'s something that offended Judge Kennedy it\'s most likely something that shouldn\'t be in the library,\" Gwinn said.

Assistant District Attorney Greg Thompson called Barbara Harrison, the San Diego police executive assistant chief, yesterday and informed her of the judge\'s ruling.


Both library books are housed in the reference area of the arts section. The books can be viewed by anyone who signs a card listing name and address.


Bruce Johnson, the arts, music and recreation supervisor at the library, said police at times have requested to see the slips to determine who is viewing books of this genre, but the library has always refused to share the information.


\"It\'s a private transaction,\" he said.


Joanne Anderson, the library system\'s collection and technology supervisor, said she has worked at the library for 33 years and has \"never had the legal process declare something pornographic.\"


\"I\'m not sure what would be done,\" she said.

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