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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Judge Seeks Young Girls on Film

A judge in Florida wants footage to be turned over to the court so he can decide on a motion to dismiss a civil suit against "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis. He has also subpoenaed four pounds of buttered popcorn from Gateway Cinemas.

U.S. District Judge Richard Smoak on Wednesday ordered all relevant videos be handed to him so he can make a final ruling on the motion by Francis' lawyers. Smoak said the motion relies on the plaintiff's actions in the videos.

Four women filed suit last year. They said they were 13 to 17 years old when they were filmed in stages of undress or engaged in sexual activity by Francis' company, which produces the "Girls Gone Wild" video series. The plaintiffs are now adults.

Francis' motion argues the actions on film did not violate Florida law. Trial is scheduled for February. I am going to have to find out which attorneys got this case and how they explained to their wives what kind of research they had to do, assuming of course, counsel are of the male gender. What if it was a gay guy? That could be very frustrating.

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