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Renowned lawyer Myles Jackman appointed Legal Director for Open Rights Group

Myles Jackman who once described online pornography as “the canary in the coalmine of free speech” and is best known for his cutting edge practice in obscenity law and sexual freedom of expression, has been appointed as the Legal Director for the digital rights campaigners, Open Rights Group (ORG).

Myles Jackman who once described online pornography as “the canary in the coalmine of free speech” and is best known for his cutting edge practice in obscenity law and sexual freedom of expression, has been appointed as the Legal Director for the digital rights campaigners, Open Rights Group (ORG).

Myles was awarded the Law Society’s Junior Lawyer of the Year award in 2012 having represented Michael Peacock and Simon Walsh in their landmark obscenity prosecutions, the #ObscenityTrial and the #PornTrial. He has campaigned for reform in this area, accusing the legal system of being “twenty years behind social values and technological change” in the area of sexual freedom and privacy.

About his appointment, Myles said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as ORG’s Legal Director, since their cutting edge campaigning work for digital freedom and against surveillance chimes perfectly with my personal privacy and freedom of expression agenda.

“This is particularly timely given the passage of the current Investigatory Powers Bill with its authorisation for State-sponsored mass hacking and intrusion into individual privacy and personal freedom.”

Read more: Renowned lawyer Myles Jackman appointed Legal Director for Open Rights Group

In yet another first, award winning ‘Obscenity Lawyer’ Myles Jackman has launched an appeal on the crowd-funding website Patreon for monthly donations to fund his pro bono activism practice.

Jackman is known for his cutting-edge work representing criminal defendants charged with consensual adult pornography offences and specialises in privacy and freedom of expression issues, especially for members of the BDSM, LGBTQ, Adult-Industry and Sex-Work communities.

The personal donations on Patreon, which currently range from pledges of $1 to $150 US Dollars per month, will allow Jackman to work pro bono on legal challenges like Judicially Reviewing the Extreme Pornography laws under which Tiger Porn defendant Andrew Holland suffered.

Read more: ‘OBSCENITY LAWYER’ FIRST UK SOLICITOR TO CROWD-FUND PRO BONO ACTIVISM

DON'T CRIMINALISE THE SELFIE-GENERATION

By criminalising young people between the ages of sixteen and eighteen, our political and justice systems show how disconnected they are from technological change and social values, which is especially worrying so close to an election where politicians have been exploiting selfie culture.

Read more: DON’T CRIMINALISE THE SELFIE-GENERATION

PIG

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which." George Orwell, Animal Farm.

In The National Anthem episode of Black Mirror, David Cameron is ransomed into having sex with a live pig on national television. Under mediaeval law animals such as pigs were subjected to criminal trial and execution for infanticide and witchcraft.

Questions of satire, reality, culpability and historical anachronism came to mind upon reading yesterday’s revelations in The Sunday Express that a biography of David Cameron claimed he inserted a “private part of his anatomy” into a “dead pig’s head” on a colleague’s lap and that another member of the Oxford University dining club was in possession of a photograph of the alleged act.

Whilst these claims about our elected Head of State may well be fallacious, the legal ramifications deserve probing; albeit in the style of a first year undergraduate law exam question answer. Hence, first and foremost, it is important to note that as settled principles of English law, animals and cadavers cannot consent to sexual activity with a human.

Read more: A HAM-FISTED LEGAL ANALYSIS

PORN TRIAL - Consensual Sex and The State

Despite the heartening news that a Kingston jury returned not guilty verdicts in a landmark porn trial on Wednesday, grave questions arise about the right of the state to intrude on the privacy of the individual with unfounded obscenity prosecutions.

My client, Simon Walsh, was charged with five counts of possessing "extreme pornography" under section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (CJIA). The images showed acts of fisting and urethral sounding (the insertion of surgical rods into the urethra for the purpose of sexual gratification).

Read more: PORN TRIAL - Consensual Sex and The State

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Current Activism Projects:

#TigerPorn Judicial Review
I am Judicially Reviewing the CPS and MoJ to clarify the extreme pornography guidelines.

#PornLaws and ATVOD
I am advising members of the adult industry about ATVOD and the AVMS Regulations 2014.

 

 

 

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