24.1. Prohibition Of Certain Acts In Connection With Obscene Materials Possession With Intent To Sell
This is a Florida Jury Instructions form that can be used for 24 Obscenity within Criminal.
Last updated: 2/28/2006
24.1 PROHIBITION OF CERTAIN ACTS IN CONNECTION WITH OBSCENE MATERIALS POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL 847.011(1), Fla. Stat. To prove the crime of [crime charged], the State must prove the following three elements: 1. [Name of defendant] had in [his] [her] possession, custody or control with the intent to sell, lend, give away, distribute, transmit, show, transmute, or advertise the material charged in this case. 2. The material charged in this case is obscene. In order for such material to be legally obscene, each of the following facts must be found: a. The average person applying contemporary community standards of [Orange] [Osceola] County, Florida, would find the material, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest. b. The material depicts or describes sexual conduct in a patently offensive way. c. The material, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value. 3. The defendant had knowledge of the nature, character or content of the materials. DEFINITIONS: 1. Prurient Interest - A prurient interest in sex is a shameful or morbid interest in sex, nudity or excretion. Material does not appeal to a prurient interest if the average person today can view the material candidly, openly and with a normal interest in sex. 2. Patently Offensive - In order to be obscene, the dominant theme of the material must depict or describe sexual conduct in a patently offensive way, that is, it must do so in a way that offends the contemporary community standards of [Orange] [Osceola] County. Not all descriptions or depictions of sexual conduct goes substantially beyond customary community standards of decency for it to be patently offensive. You must determine the collective view of the community in evaluating this element of the offense. <<<<<<<<<********>>>>>>>>>>>>> 2 3. In order for you to find that this material is obscene, you must also find that, taken as a whole, it lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. If the material has such value, it is not obscene even if it appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and even if it depicts or describes sexual conduct in a patently offensive way. In judging whether the value is serious, you should consider the intent of the material. If it is a serious literary or artistic effort, or if it attempts to convey scientific information, or a political point of view, it cannot be obscene. If the primary intent is to appeal to the prurient interest, then the mere insertion of literary, artistic, political or scientific materials irrelevant to the predominant theme will not prevent you from determining that the material is obscene. Sex can be a legitimate subject for literature, art, scientifnquiry or political ic i argument, and such serious treatments of sex, even if appealing to the prurient interest and patently offensive, cannot be obscene. OPTIONAL DEFINITION: Morbid interest means diseased, dwelling on the gruesome, or sick.