By Tim Worstall
There won't be a public release of the Carrie Prejean sex tape: for it is child pornography.
The story of the Carrie Prejean sex tape is pretty well known by now. The former Miss California was suing pageant organizers and they were suing her. Then, at a crucial moment in the negotiations lawyers were able to show a sex tape of Carrie Prejean to her and her lawyers, showing that she had breached the pageant rules about not having been photographed nude (or of course, anything further) before entering the contest.
However, there is something more that still can be said about the Prejean sex tape. It's not about to make it to a video store near you nor is anyone (at least anyone identifiable) about to release it on the web. And even if it is, you most certainly should not try watching it, for to do so would make you a sex offender. For the Carrie Prejean sex tape is in fact child pornography.
Dethroned beauty queen Carrie Prejean calls an X-rated sex video of herself "the biggest mistake of my life."
Prejean, the former Miss California USA, says she made the sex flick of herself alone when she was 17, for an ex-boyfriend.
You've got to be 18 to exercise your constitutionally protected rights to free speech by stripping off and having sex of any kind on camera. If you're a day below that age then it isn't free speech, it's child pornography. And those who sell it, those who distribute it and even, in certain places, those who watch it inadvertently can go to jail.
All of which leaves open an intriguing option for Carrie Prejean herself if she wishes to pursue it. If it really is true that the pageant's lawyers played the tape in that meeting, rather than just revealing its existence, then they themselves are guilty of possession of (and quite possibly production of, given the way the law works about how computers reproduce images as they play them) child pornography. Not that this would earn her any money, but seeing them go down for years as a result would be some sort of revenge, wouldn't it?
"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)