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October 24, 1989
A Woodland Hills video distributor was sentenced to a year in prison Monday for selling videotapes of teen-age porn actress Traci Lords in violation of child pornography laws. U.S. District Judge David V. Kenyon sentenced Rubin Gottesman, 56, to an additional term of three years' probation and fined his company, X-Citement Video, $100,000.
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October 24, 1989
A Woodland Hills video distributor was sentenced to a year in prison Monday for selling videotapes of teen-age porn actress Traci Lords in violation of child pornography laws. U.S. District Judge David V. Kenyon sentenced Rubin Gottesman, 56, to an additional term of three years' probation and fined his company, X-Citement Video, $100,000.
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June 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Holding that "the law is designed to protect children until they are adults," a federal judge Thursday convicted Van Nuys video distributor Rubin Gottesman of three child pornography charges stemming from the distribution of a trio of films in which teen-age porn queen Traci Lords appeared. U.S. District Judge David Kenyon rejected arguments that the federal child pornography statute is unconstitutional because it permits criminal convictions even in cases involving actresses, like Lords, who have acted in dozens of X-rated films and who persuade producers and distributors throughout the industry that they are older than their years.
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June 16, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Holding that "the law is designed to protect children until they are adults," a federal judge Thursday convicted Van Nuys video distributor Rubin Gottesman of three child pornography charges stemming from the distribution of a trio of films in which teen-age porn queen Traci Lords appeared. U.S. District Judge David Kenyon rejected arguments that the federal child pornography statute is unconstitutional because it permits criminal convictions even in cases involving actresses, like Lords, who have acted in dozens of X-rated films and who persuade producers and distributors throughout the industry that they are older than their years.
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January 1, 1988 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
A rented Cadillac containing a Las Vegas man's body sat for two days at a West Los Angeles police garage before it was taken to a car dealership, where a mechanic discovered the corpse in the trunk, authorities said Thursday. The body of Howard Gottesman, 27, was found Wednesday evening wrapped in plastic in a 1988 Cadillac Fleetwood, Los Angeles police said. An autopsy is pending, but Gottesman appeared to have been beaten to death, Detective Hank Petroski said.
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January 1, 1988 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
A rented Cadillac containing the body of a former Woodland Hills man sat for two days at a police impound yard before it was taken to a West Los Angeles car dealership, where a mechanic discovered the corpse in the trunk, authorities said Thursday. The body of Howard Gottesman, 27, of Las Vegas was found wrapped in plastic in a 1988 Cadillac Fleetwood on Wednesday evening, said Los Angeles Police Detective Hank Petroski.
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April 9, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Asserting that Los Angeles has become "the smut capital of the United States," federal and local authorities on Friday announced the creation of an interagency task force to step up prosecutions of producers and distributors of hard-core pornography. The task force, designed to focus tough federal obscenity laws against the burgeoning hard-core film industry, represents the first time Southern California law enforcement has launched a coordinated attack against pornography, U.S. Atty. Robert C.
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December 17, 1992 | RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court Wednesday overturned the conviction of a Woodland Hills video distributor for selling films featuring former porn queen Traci Lords when she was a minor, ruling that a federal law against distributing child pornography was unconstitutional. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that the 1977 law used to convict Rubin Gottesman was "fatally flawed" because it failed to require knowledge that one of the performers was under age 18.
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June 15, 1985 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
An early-morning fire raced through a building in a Calabasas office complex Friday, destroying 13 businesses and causing more than $4 million in damage, fire officials said. One official said the fire began after a party at a video distribution firm in the National Technical Systems building at 24007 Ventura Blvd. in the Calabasas Executive Park. More than 160 Los Angeles county and city firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, which broke out at 1:15 a.m., said Capt.
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May 3, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
In a setback for the federal government's campaign against major distributors of pornography, a judge today dismissed racketeering charges against a Woodland Hills video distributor, saying he could not find that the graphic films he sold violated community standards. Granting an acquittal in the only Los Angeles case brought in the Justice Department's crackdown on obscenity, U.S. District Judge David V. Kenyon said he could not conclude that films such as "Kneel Before Me" and "Beyond DeSade" were "patently offensive" in an area as diverse as Los Angeles.
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April 27, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Traci Lords, fearing for her life, pleaded with her mother not to reveal that she was underage when she made many of her films, the porn star's mother testified Wednesday. "She told me the people she was involved with would kill her," Patricia Briceland said. "She told me to keep my mouth shut or I would get her in terrible trouble," Briceland added. Briceland testified in the third week of the trial of Rubin Gottesman, a Woodland Hills resident charged with distributing child pornography.
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April 27, 1989 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
The television monitor flickered to life, displaying an ersatz talk show. On the right was a man holding a microphone. On the left was a young woman in a bikini, lounging in a provocative pose. "Miss Traci Lords, how did a nice girl like you get into a business like this?" Freeze frame. Inside the federal courtroom in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the witness was asked whether she recognized the female. Patricia Briceland identified her daughter, Nora. Could she estimate Nora's age when the videotape was made?
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