Possession of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” violated probation, says NM Court of Appeals

A defendant was on probation for sex offenses. The conditions of his probation prohibited him from possessing “any sexually oriented or sexually stimulating material.”

The New Mexico Court of Appeals held that defendant violated the conditions of his probation by possessing general release, R-rated films such as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which evidently contain some (horrific-sounding) sexually-related content.

The opinion is State v. Robert Dinapoli, and written by Judge James Wechsler, and provides an interesting window into just how much one’s liberty can be restricted while on probation.

UPDATE (May 6, 2015): Mike Gallagher has this story about this case in today’s Albuquerque Journal.

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