Last Updated on August 30, 2022 A Virginia judge has ruled that kids can purchase sexually explicit books without parental consent; a headline-grabbing victory for the pro-groomer left brought on by a vote-splitting candidate’s lawsuit against Barnes and Noble. The suit, filed by ex-2nd District GOP Primary candidate Tommy Altman, is being blasted by his Trump-aligned former opponent Jarome Bell, for having been a futile effort from the start.
Judge Pamela Baskervil dismissed a lawsuit today in Virginia Beach against the Barnes and Noble bookstore chain, claiming in her ruling that Virginia’s obscenity laws cannot be applied to sales the books of “Gender Queer” and “A Court of Mist and Fury” under constitutional due process.
Attorney Tim Anderson, who took the case to court, argued that materials targeting children should be held to a higher obscenity standard than those meant for adults, but Judge Baskervil ruled that the court couldn’t set those standards on behalf of the state. Altman and Anderson had previously sought a restraining order on the sale of the books but withdrew that request before the obscenity hearing.
Another portion of the case, which targeted the book “Gender Queer” in Virginia Beach Schools, was deemed “moot” by the court because parent groups unrelated to the suit have already successfully fought to have it removed from library shelves.
Anderson, who also serves as a GOP Delegate in Virginia’s legislature, said in a statement that future actions may be needed from the General Assembly to modify Virginia’s obscenity laws as they apply to children if similar cases are to advance.
The lawsuit to restrict the book sales to kids was filed earlier this year by Virginia Beach resident and former Congressional candidate Tommy Altman, in the midst of his 2nd District GOP Primary run. Altman was the subject of much controversy during […]
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