VANCOUVER, Sept 28 ( – Child pornographer John Sharpe, who created controversy over his successful arguments against Canada’s child pornography laws, is featured this week in a “literary panel” at Simon Fraser University. The panel, Sex, Drugs and the Law: Pushing the Boundaries, is organized by The Small Press Action Network and will run from Thursday to Sunday promoting controversial independent publishers. 

Sharpe’s challenge has led to the BC Supreme Court striking down the section of the Criminal Code criminalizing possession of child pornography, the ramifications of which have been felt in courts across the country. The Supreme Court of Canada is expected to hear an appeal of the case next year until which time possession of child pornography, at least in BC, is not subject to punishment. 

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