The Press: A Bad Case Makes Worse Law

Cincinnati is a city blessed with more than its share of good restaurants and bad weather, and less than its share of smut. That latter distinction is largely the work of Hamilton County Prosecutor Simon Leis Jr., 42, who has pursued local sex-shop and massage-parlor operators with the zeal of a Torquemada.

Leis last week bagged another saboteur of Cincinnati morals: Larry Flynt, 34, the brassy publisher of Hustler, a three-year-old entry in the crowded skin-magazine business. It happened after a five-week trial, in which lawyers debated the aesthetic qualities of pinup photos,...

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