Iowa Trial over Allegedly Obscene Manga Delayed
posted on by Egan Loo
The court trial for the Iowa man accused of possessing obscene manga has been delayed from its scheduled start date, which was Monday. Christopher S. Handley faces up to 20 years in prison over manga he received in the mail and manga in his personal collection. He was originally charged on May 8, 2007. Eric A. Chase, Handley's defense attorney, requested the latest delay on January 22, and Judge James E. Gritzner granted the motion the next day. The new start date will be during the last two weeks of March, depending on the judge's schedule.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) is offering a new print signed by artist Peter Kuper (Time magazine, Mad magazine's Spy v. Spy) to those who donate on behalf of CBLDF's efforts in Handley's case and other issues. Dark Horse Comics editor Carl Gustav Horn, Manga: The Complete Guide author Jason Thompson, and award-winning comic book writer Neil Gaiman have spoken on the issue.