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'Girls Gone Wild' boss won't surrender
AP via Yahoo! ^ | 4/5/7

Posted on 04/05/2007 8:51:08 PM PDT by SmithL

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" videos defied a federal judge Thursday, calling him a "judge gone wild" and refusing to surrender to U.S. marshals on a contempt citation.

U.S. District Judge Richard Smoak ordered Joe Francis into custody after settlement negotiations soured in a lawsuit brought by seven women who were minors when Francis' company filmed them on Panama City Beach.

The 34-year-old Francis, who makes an estimated $29 million a year through the videos of girls exposing their breasts, drew the contempt order Wednesday after lawyers for the women said Francis threatened them during negotiations.

Francis told The Associated Press late Thursday that Smoak "had lost his mind."

"This judge has gone as far as to call me the devil and an evildoer," he said. "It is a case of a judge gone wild."

Francis' attorneys appealed the order that would send him to jail; the court had not issued an opinion Thursday evening. Smoak denied a request by Francis to stay the order pending the appeal.

Smoak refused requests for comment Thursday.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: girlsgonewild; judgegonewild
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"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis arrives at an event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in this June 28, 2003 file photo. Francis is planning to open a chain of restaurants under the same brand name by mid summer in the Mexican beach towns of Cancun and Cabo San Lucas.
1 posted on 04/05/2007 8:51:08 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Cellmate Gone Wild...


2 posted on 04/05/2007 8:52:21 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (What's the difference between the CIA and the Free Clinic? The Free Clinic knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: SmithL
"This judge has gone as far as to call me the devil and an evildoer," he said. "It is a case of a judge gone wild."

I agree Joe. He gave you way too much credit. You are really just a common sleezeball.

3 posted on 04/05/2007 8:54:09 PM PDT by Condor 63
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To: Doctor Raoul

Hopefully .....


4 posted on 04/05/2007 8:57:11 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Is Romney the next Reagan ? ....It's looking like it ....)
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To: SmithL

It’s gonna be ‘bubba gone wild’ when this puke gets to the slammer.


5 posted on 04/05/2007 8:59:52 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: SmithL

No thongs in prison.. Dude’s in for a rude awkening.


6 posted on 04/05/2007 9:01:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... BumP'n'Run 'Right-Wing Extremist' since 2001)
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To: SmithL
Judges gone wild? Like these two:


7 posted on 04/05/2007 9:01:21 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: SmithL
He needs to go to Jail and his operation shut down. Airhead girls think the video is cool, want attention, get naked on his video or elsewhere to the detriment of their reputation when they finally grow up. In the meantime Francis and similar sleezeballs get richer.
8 posted on 04/05/2007 9:02:03 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: SmithL

“Pervert Gone Wacky”


9 posted on 04/05/2007 9:03:54 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - there are countless observable hints that God exists)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Yeah he’s in this mess because many of them are minors. This guy needs to lose it all , lock him away .
He’ll probably walk with an award and a handshake when it’s all said and done , the ways things seem to be going these days .


10 posted on 04/05/2007 9:08:26 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Is Romney the next Reagan ? ....It's looking like it ....)
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To: SmithL

Those inmates are going to like him. He’ll be the cellblock sweetheart.


11 posted on 04/05/2007 9:13:19 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Sic semper tyrannis -- Your dinosaur is ill.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
You guys are prudes. Great video. If the girls want to shake their booty's on video to bad for them when the get married and their kids find em’ heh heh. It is known as consequences. Besides that is what girls are for to entertain the guys:-).

Ain’t capitalism great.

12 posted on 04/05/2007 9:22:17 PM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Actually he is a big man and enough of a BSer to survive OK, but nothing is certain in Jail. He could be offed, humped or simply be bored.


13 posted on 04/05/2007 9:23:28 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: SmithL

The guy should just pay up. I think in a decent world such stuff wouldn’t be for sale but but since we have the arbiters of freedom like Larry Flynt to thank for the redefinition of the scope of “freedom of speech” what can we do? These girls were alone in Panama City drinking and exposing themselves and now they are upset that they got filmed? What if he’d have slept with one of them? Would they be bringing him up on charges of rape? Probably not. I don’t like what he does but punishing him for catching some underage floozies on tape who were cavorting in public exposing themselves is insane. The end does not justify the means.


14 posted on 04/05/2007 9:30:08 PM PDT by Maelstorm (A wise man develops a philosophy that drives his politics not the other way around.)
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To: Doctor Raoul
Cellmate Gone Wild...

...he goes to prison, and upon entering his cell for the first time sees a huge cellmate giving him a hungry look and a bar of soap on his pillow...
15 posted on 04/05/2007 9:30:49 PM PDT by verum ago (The Iranian Space Agency: set phasers to jihad!)
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To: stubernx98
You guys are prudes.

I'll bet some FReepers and their spouses are so prudish that they have never seen each other naked! LOL

16 posted on 04/05/2007 9:31:54 PM PDT by vox humana
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To: SmithL
He’ll be looking to move in with Roman Polansky soon - maybe they’ll compare notes.
17 posted on 04/05/2007 9:33:36 PM PDT by decal (Mother Nature and Real Life are conservatives - the Progs have never figured this out.)
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To: SmithL

Let him go as long as his promises to take the annoying infomercials off TV.


18 posted on 04/05/2007 9:38:06 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: SmithL

For all the talk on this thread about what his incarceration would be like for him, I imagine that with all his money ($29 million a year!) he wouldn’t have to surrender. He could charter a jet and go somewhere else to live. Not everyone is as in love with America as we are, and I don’t suppose a sleazeball like this is excessively lumbered with patriotism or honor.


19 posted on 04/05/2007 9:38:08 PM PDT by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: SmithL
The whole thing happened here in Panama City Beach during spring break.

The girls that "go wild" require no more than a string of beads ("coin of the realm" during spring break) to entice them to show their stuff and most of the time it happens without encouragement. They always do it, but some people wanted to make some buck$ from videotaping it and merchandising it via late night cable TV.

This pimp had it coming to him for taking advantage some young people who were 'not really being themselves' in the typical spring break mania and then being exploited.

That's why I call the guy a 'pimp'.

Every creep known to science heads toward the spring break locations looking for a target-rich environment.

20 posted on 04/05/2007 9:41:42 PM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: Neu Pragmatist
Yeah he’s in this mess because many of them are minors. This guy needs to lose it all , lock him away .

And here was I thinking that blame lay on people willing to let their minor children wander Panama City topless.

21 posted on 04/05/2007 9:50:54 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Rudy Giuliani wants to steal Norstralia's stroon - well it explains his Mustelidphobia)
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To: SmithL
Apparently most of the people commenting on this thread either didn't the story or have little knowledge about the legal system in this country. First, this guy is not up on criminal charges. This is a civil lawsuit, not a criminal prosecution. The judge issued a contempt order. You don’t go to prison for contempt of court, though you might go to jail. Then again the judge' contempt order could be vacated on appeal. Anyway a guy who is worth hundreds of millions and parties with Snoop Dog isn't going to have any problems making friends if he did land in jail for a few days. Hell, he would be a celeb.
22 posted on 04/05/2007 9:52:26 PM PDT by Hugin (Mecca delenda est.)
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To: stubernx98; All
DON'T FEED TEH TROLLZ!!!one


23 posted on 04/05/2007 9:52:46 PM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: SmithL
calling him a "judge gone wild"

Did he pound drinks and then lift his robe?

Interesting cases make bad law, as the saying goes. And the one worthwhile thing Larry Flynt did in his useless life was being loathsome enough to press the question of how far the First Amendment extends.

Joe Francis doesn't rise even to the low bar set by Larry Flynt. If he sold pictures of naked girls who were not of age, then there's a small room with tiny windows waiting for him. And good riddance.

24 posted on 04/05/2007 9:59:19 PM PDT by ReignOfError (`)
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To: SmithL

Too bad Janet Reno can’t be deputized and convinced the this p.o.s. is harboring a Cuban refugee orphan so she can send in the armed stormtroopers to extract him. (my apologies to the stormtroopers who have to receive idiotic orders like these).


25 posted on 04/05/2007 10:00:39 PM PDT by bpjam (Never Give Up, Never Surrender (Unless Nancy Pelosi gives you permission))
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To: SmithL

What? No pics of the girls???


26 posted on 04/05/2007 10:02:40 PM PDT by rbosque
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To: Oztrich Boy
And here was I thinking that blame lay on people willing to let their minor children wander Panama City topless.

Yeah, but none of them have $29 million dollars.

27 posted on 04/05/2007 10:05:11 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Hunter-Thompson '08)
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To: SmithL

He’s a cultural polluter.

Ick.


28 posted on 04/05/2007 10:05:29 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush)
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To: durasell

I used to think the commericals were entertaining, but would never have parted with $29.95 for something I can get free with “safe search off.” When Snoop Dog started showing his ugly face in the commercials, it was remote control time.


29 posted on 04/05/2007 10:06:51 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Hunter-Thompson '08)
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To: SmithL

Illegal aliens ignore the law, why shouldn’t he?


30 posted on 04/05/2007 10:08:01 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: stubernx98
You guys are prudes. Great video. If the girls want to shake their booty's [sic] on video to [sic] bad for them when the get married and their kids find em’ [sic] heh heh. It is known as consequences. Besides that is what girls are for to entertain the guys:-). Ain’t capitalism great. Gosh, my friend, before you call anyone a prude and make yourself out to be an expert on female anatomy, you should learn about what you are talking about. The word "booty" does not refer to the female breast. Where have you been studying African-American slang? Harvard? Check out the Oxford American dictionary or Wikipedia or any African American compendium of slang. As a man you should be ashamed for confusing "booty" with "boobs" or "boobies," which, as you apparently don't know, means "female breasts." You have either had too much of the Jack Daniels or you need some remedial courses in English and especially sexual physiology. Freepers are prudes you say? Heck, at least most Freepers know the difference between a buttock and a breast, particularly and importantly the female variant of those structures. Don't "diss" Freepers. Don't know what "diss" means either? Look it up, bro. Prudes, sheesh.
31 posted on 04/05/2007 10:11:44 PM PDT by Draco
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To: Doctor Raoul

LOL!

I once saw a show about some gay guys redecorating this guy’s house down in Mexico.

I couldn’t decide who was fruitier.


32 posted on 04/05/2007 10:13:21 PM PDT by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: ReignOfError

The fact that there is no criminal prosecution here suggests that there is probably no criminal case. I would imagine a guy smart enough to creat a multi-million dollar soft-core porn empire is smart enough to get good legal advice to cover his ass. I remember the case of the Mitchell Bros in San Francisco who were arrested for having underage girls in their (hard-core) porn flicks. The charges were thrown out when they produced photo-copies of the fake IDs the girls gave them when they applied for the job. Now if these various underage girls are out drinking and exposing themselvs, it wouldn’t surprise me if they were using fake IDs as well.


33 posted on 04/05/2007 10:15:51 PM PDT by Hugin (Mecca delenda est.)
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To: rbosque
"What? No pics of the girls???"

Smile pretty for the camera, honey !

34 posted on 04/05/2007 10:20:21 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: SmithL
NO WAY!!

I saw an episode on Law & Order (I think) that was exactly this! (Except someone died) I thought, no way would girls be that stupid.

I guess I am the stupid one!

35 posted on 04/05/2007 10:28:18 PM PDT by It's me
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He is one sick puppy.


36 posted on 04/05/2007 10:28:42 PM PDT by It's me
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To: fieldmarshaldj

More like Grills Gone Wild on that pic...lol


37 posted on 04/05/2007 10:32:11 PM PDT by willyd
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To: SmithL

This guys videos are sophomoric and pretty harmless.

If you have seen 5mins of one of them you have seen them all.


38 posted on 04/05/2007 10:34:46 PM PDT by Bobalu (I guess I done see'd that varmint for the last time....)
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To: Draco

“The word “booty” does not refer to the female breast.”

Well, it doesn’t *now*, but I remember when a woman would hide money in her brassiere it would be called the “booty bank.”

And I had to explain to someone recently that “booty” used to mean pirate treasure.


39 posted on 04/05/2007 10:40:03 PM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: vox humana
I'll bet some FReepers and their spouses are so prudish that they have never seen each other naked!

I'll bet that some FReepers are so prudish that they wear bathing suits in the shower. This also helps keep them from looking down on the unemployed...

40 posted on 04/05/2007 10:43:24 PM PDT by Triggerhippie (Always use a silencer in a crowd. Loud noises offend people.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

AAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!

Sorry I asked.

My eyes! They burn.....


41 posted on 04/05/2007 10:47:37 PM PDT by rbosque
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To: Anti-Bubba182
He needs to go to Jail and his operation shut down. Airhead girls think the video is cool, want attention, get naked on his video or elsewhere to the detriment of their reputation when they finally grow up. In the meantime Francis and similar sleezeballs get richer.

This guy is a sleazeball, but I find it extremely difficult to blame him for the fact that these girls willingly engage in this behavior, in public. I will not absolve them of the responsibility for their own actions and act as if this problem would go away if only this one guy were locked up. What I really wish is that women would behave with a little more self-respect, and that parents would raise their children better.
42 posted on 04/05/2007 10:49:58 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: PLMerite

Sister Anne Marie, Fourth Grade, told us that she rememembered when “boob” meant either “idiot” or “dunce.” And as to your reference to “booty bank” being a female’s bra, we should consider that, as “booty” at one time meant “loot” ot “treasure,” a “booty bank” was where you put your treasure — wherever on one’s person. Booty banks are not to be confused with another slang term, “the family jewels.” I had to explain that one a while back. Not real good at subtlety.


43 posted on 04/05/2007 10:50:35 PM PDT by Draco
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To: Triggerhippie
I'll bet that some FReepers are so prudish that they wear bathing suits in the shower. This also helps keep them from looking down on the unemployed... Sounds like you're just a tad condescending yourself there, and a likely troll. Have any support for your statement that Freepers "look down on the unemployed"? Let's stick to the facts. Find your proof and post it -- not what you think or believe Freepers to be, but where on this site you actually find such support for that conclusion.
44 posted on 04/05/2007 10:56:37 PM PDT by Draco
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To: Draco

“Training bra” is another hard-to-define-with-a-straight-face term.


45 posted on 04/05/2007 11:00:36 PM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: PLMerite
“Training bra” is another hard-to-define-with-a-straight-face term. I have it from a lady of a certain age that some now call them "girl-zeers." Yes, after the Sienfeld episode where Kramer creates a "man-zeer" for George's mammarially over-proportioned father. So Seinfeld is good for something after all.
46 posted on 04/05/2007 11:09:07 PM PDT by Draco
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To: Draco
Here's your sign... The initial post was about prudishness and the topic never changed.

bathing suits in the shower. This also helps keep them from looking down on the unemployed

Have any support for your statement that Freepers "look down on the unemployed"?

This refers to their genitalia, bonehead. "Bathing suits... in the shower... looking down..." it all makes sense unless you are looking to be offended like a damned fool liberal...

47 posted on 04/05/2007 11:11:40 PM PDT by Triggerhippie (Always use a silencer in a crowd. Loud noises offend people.)
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To: rbosque; All
"What? No pics of the girls???"

OK......

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

48 posted on 04/05/2007 11:16:18 PM PDT by musicman
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To: Draco

The booty dissertation is absurd. Don’t be a dope.


49 posted on 04/05/2007 11:25:12 PM PDT by Maynerd
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To: bpjam
“my apologies to the stormtroopers who have to receive idiotic orders like these”

The storm trooper holding the machine gun on little Elian as Elian cried did not look like he hated doing the job. In fact he relished it. He got to dress up in full riot gear.. including all his body armor and black ninja clothes and got to hold a gun on a kid.

Go back and look at the pictures. He was in heaven. He loves any time he can dress up and feel like a storm trooper.

He certainly did a good job of protecting this country from a frightened threat of a child.

50 posted on 04/05/2007 11:26:40 PM PDT by JSteff
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