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New Arraignment Scheduled for Gordon Lee

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New Arraignment Scheduled for Gordon Lee

Official Press Release

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has learned that a date of May 19 has been
set for a new arraignment in the long-running case of *Georgia v. Gordon Lee
*. The new arraignment restarts the road to trial for Mr. Lee, who has been
defended through the efforts of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund since
early 2005.


Gordon Lee, the proprietor of Legends, a comic book store in Rome, GA,
stands accused of two misdemeanor counts of distribution of harmful to
minors material for accidentally disseminating a copy of Alternative Comics
#2, a promotional comic featuring a scene that briefly depicts famed artist
Pablo Picasso in the nude.


Through the efforts of his legal team led by Alan Begner and Paul Cadle, the
State dropped five of the seven counts Lee initially faced when he was
charged early in 2005. Last April he was scheduled to go to trial to defend
against the remaining misdemeanor counts but prosecutors, at the last
moment, dismissed his case and drew up a new accusation to accommodate facts
they had apparently discovered on the eve of trial. The new accusation
alleges that Lee handed “Alternative Comics #2” to a six-year-old minor and
his nine-year-old brother, instead of solely to the nine-year-old, as has
been previously, and repeatedly, declared.


To date the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has spent just under $60,000
defending Lee’s innocence, and expects costs to rise sharply as a new trial
approaches.


For more information on the Gordon Lee case and the CBLDF, please visit
www.cbldf.org. You may also make a donation to the Fund in support of this
case by visiting the donations section and the updated web store at the
CBLDF website.

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