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Fight over adult videos ending in Staunton

A case that pitted a smut-fighting local proseuctor against two prominent First Amendment lawyers is headed for settlement in Staunton.

According to The News Leader, the year and a half long battle between prosecutor Raymond C. Robertson and Rick E. Krial, owner of After Hours Video has ended after Krial agreed not to appeal his obscenity convictions and not to reopen his store. In return, he will not be prosecuted on felony charges.

Paul Cambria Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y., and Louis Sirkin of Cincinnati, two of the nation’s top First Amendment lawyers, represented Krial. The store owner claimed that other businesses in the city were selling adult videos and that the charges against him came as a surprise.

Robertson, who faced some local ridicule for his stand, vowed he was “not going to allow dissemination of pornographic material in Staunton.”

By Sarah Rodriguez

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