The combat zone

By TOM SHEEHAN  |  August 14, 2008

The courtroom exchange between Poravas and Assistant DA Timothy O’Neill, went something like this …
Q (O’Neill): Where’d you get the film?
A (Poravas): From the distributor.
Q: Who’s that?
A: I don’t know.
Q: How did you get the film?
A: They bring it. They have a key.
Q: Who gave them a key?
A: I don’t know.
Q: How do you pay them?
A: I don’t know.

“To my mind,” says O’Neill, “we established that he couldn’t show there were no other copies.”

Poravas, O’Neill says, was represented at the hearings by Morris Goldings, a law partner of Park Plaza opponent Charles Mahoney. Goldings could not be reached for comment.

“The problem, in a nutshell,” says O’Neill, “is finding out who controls these places. It seems like a matter for the U.S. Attorney’s office and a grand jury, since there appear to be networks.”

There is another possible avenue – the drafting of tough corporate disclosure legislation. Such legislation was drafted last year by Atty. Gen. Robert Quinn’s office and shot down by big corporate interests, who want their dealings out in the open as much as the porn dealers.

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