Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Stagliano Victory Party

by Richard Abrowitz

July 19, 2010

At the victory party Friday night after having had all charges against him dropped in federal court, pornographer John Stagliano, his lawyers, his family, and colleagues from the adult industry raised a toast to his freedom. But because his wife is pregnant and his daughter is underage, and because one of the films under indictment was called Milk Nymphos, the champagne flutes were filled with an unusual fluid: milk.

The atmosphere was electric a few hours earlier for what turned out to be the final day of trial. As I wrote Friday, the morning drama involved prosecutor Pamela Satterfield feuding with Judge Richard Leon over the discrepancy between her memory and the testimony of her star witness, FBI Special Agent Daniel Bradley, about who instructed him to re-view the allegedly obscene source material. When that was resolved, the prosecution rested, but then faced an even bigger surprise.