U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti has refused to dismiss the federal obscenity charges pending against Karen Fletcher, aka Red Rose, according to media reports.
As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Conti’s refusal to dismiss the case stemmed from the fact that Fletcher’s attorney’s arguments were similar to those made in the Extreme Associates case , which recently were rejected by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Fletcher was indicted last year on six counts of transmission of obscene material in connection with short stories that she posted on the Internet for a $10 monthly fee. Fletcher’s website had 29 subscribers, according to evidence submitted in the case.
Jerome Mooney, one of Fletcher’s attorneys, described her as a “poor, damaged woman” who writes the stories as a therapeutic measure to alleviate the emotional pain caused by her own history of abuse.