Like Paul, I don't want to be in the position of defending a pedophile either, but is anybody else worried about the precedent of arresting a man in one community for violating the obscenity standards of another?
Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said his office was able to arrest Greaves on Florida charges because Greaves sold and mailed his book, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct," directly to undercover Polk deputies. Judd says Greaves even signed the book.
"He very proudly sold us his personal copy," Judd told the Associated Press. "I was outraged by the content. It was clearly a manifesto on how to sexually batter children ... You just can't believe how absolutely disgusting it was."
And if instead of purchasing a physical book, Polk County deputies had merely downloaded the ebook edition from Greaves' website, would that have been enough nexus to file charges and serve a warrant? Surely, prosecutors would not argue that it's the medium—print—that makes Greaves' book illegal, would they?
To be clear, it is free speech that I am defending here, not pedophilia. For while I'm guessing that I too would find the book to be disgusting, as long as the Miller Test remains the standard, I wouldn't want my writing held to the community standards of Polk County Florida anymore than Greaves would.