Half-dressed man cavorting with a farm animal

This story is so odd.

Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, granted a 48-hour stay in the obscenity trial of a Hollywood adult filmmaker after the prosecutor requested time to explore “a potential conflict of interest concerning the court having a . . . sexually explicit website with similar material to what is on trial here.”

In an interview Tuesday with The Times, Kozinski acknowledged posting sexual content on his website. Among the images on the site were a photo of naked women on all fours painted to look like cows and a video of a half-dressed man cavorting with a sexually aroused farm animal. He defended some of the adult content as “funny” but conceded that other postings were inappropriate.

Kozinski, 57, said that he thought the site was for his private storage and that he was not aware the images could be seen by the public, although he also said he had shared some material on the site with friends. After the interview Tuesday evening, he blocked public access to the site.

By Wednesday afternoon, as controversy about the website spread, Kozinski was seeking to shift responsibility, at least in part, to his adult son, Yale.

“Yale called and said he’s pretty sure he uploaded a bunch of it,” Kozinski wrote in an e-mail to Abovethelaw.com, a legal news website. “I had no idea, but that sounds right because I sure don’t remember putting some of that stuff there.”

Coming on the heels of the revelation that John McCain uses neither a Mac nor a P.C. because he has no idea how to make those computer machines work, this raises concerns about the computer literacy of our retirement-age population. Could we get some additional funds for basic “how to use the web” workshops in our public libraries? With an advanced class for Kozinski on how to password-protect your pornographic images site?

The judge said he didn’t think any of the material on his site would qualify as obscene.

“Is it prurient? I don’t know what to tell you,” he said. “I think it’s odd and interesting. It’s part of life.”

Yes, I guess it is, in fact, technically the case that “naked women on all fours painted to look like cows and a video of a half-dressed man cavorting with a sexually aroused farm animal” are “part of life.” I also think it’s funny that he “sure [doesn’t] remember putting some of that stuff there” and so it must have been his son who did it.

Poor guy. I actually do not give a damn what he has on his webpage.

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