The case of the United States vs. Christopher S. Handley, which charges Handley with possession of child pornography under the PROTECT Act, goes to jury trial on February 2nd. Handley is charged with possession of obscene manga, which include some yaoi titles (see “Yaoi Titles in manga Child Porn Case”). Although a favorable ruling on portions of the indictment was obtained last summer (see “Partial Victory in Handley Case Ruling”), Handley still faces up to twenty years in federal prison for possession of comics.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is providing the manga and First Amendment expertise crucial to Handley’s Defense. Donations can be made here. A new signed print by famed artist Peter Kuper will be given to any donor who contributes over $25 by February 8th.