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Larry Flynt To Wait Year for Trial

June 2, 1998

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt will have to wait until next year for his long-awaited rematch with the city of Cincinnati.

Flynt, 55, and his brother, Jimmy Flynt, 49, face charges of selling sexually explicit videotapes to customers including a 14-year-old boy at their downtown Hustler News & Gifts store.

Both pleaded innocent Monday and a trial date was set for Jan. 19. The Flynts were allowed to remain free without posting bond.

``I can’t think of anything more socially redeeming than sex,″ Flynt told reporters after his court arraignment. ``I hope a jury will agree with me that people have the right, in the privacy of their bedrooms, to read anything they want.″

Flynt said he wanted to go on trial sooner but defense lawyers said they will need until January to allow for pretrial filings and end their commitments to other court cases. The trial could last four to six weeks, defense lawyer H. Louis Sirkin said.

The brothers are charged with nine counts of pandering obscenity, three counts of disseminating material harmful to a juvenile, two counts of conspiracy and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Each could face up to 24 years in prison.

The lawyers are due back in court Sept. 18 to discuss pretrial issues.

Larry Flynt was convicted in 1977 of pandering obscenity for selling Hustler magazine in Hamilton County. His conviction was thrown out on appeal and he was never retried. That case formed the basis for the 1996 film ``The People vs. Larry Flynt.″

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