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September 2008 , Page 46 

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The Obscene Sculpture Trial in San Francisco

By Ephraim Margolin

My first criminal jury trial was for the Northern California American Civil Liberties Union. It was 1964. I have long been, and I remain, a First Amendment voluptuary. My friend Marshall Krause, then staff counsel for the Northern California ACLU, invited me to co-try an exciting case on the ACLU docket. We were friends. I chaired the legal committee of Northern California ACLU and taught constitutional law in a local law school. At the time, Marshall was a very seasoned senior trial lawyer, having tried two jury trials. I was a trial virgin.

The case involved 11 “Kama Sutra” metal sculptures that were seized by police from the Vorpal Art Gallery in the San Francisco North Beach district. The sculptures were exhibited together with other religious and abstract sculptures by Ron Boise, a relatively unknown promising young sculptor. It was a one-man show with 50 pieces on exhibit. Four months after the show opened, someone parked a car in front of the gallery

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