Birmingham Crime News: DeKalb County Man Accused of Porn Video Production Loses Last Alabama Criminal Appeal

Posted by Steve Eversole | Feb 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Across the state of Alabama, in towns and cities like Hoover, Phenix City, Huntsville and Dothan, individuals are arrested daily for crimes such as assault, theft, drug possession and criminal sexual behavior. As a Birmingham criminal defense lawyer, I understand the circumstances that can get a person caught up in the legal system. State and federal crimes can result in criminal convictions and lengthy jail and prison sentences.

It happens all of the time in this state and the appeals process can be critical in avoiding a life-altering conviction. Recently, the Alabama Supreme Court refused a final appeal by a DeKalb County man who was arrested for producing pornographic videos of juveniles at a business he once owned. He was convicted in 1990 and sentenced to four consecutive life terms.

According to news reports, 66-year-old David Lawrence Poole, who is currently serving his sentence at the Limestone Correctional Facility, had his final appeal denied without comment by this state's highest court.

Based on new articles, the former owner of the Rainsville skating rink was arrested in 1989 at his DeKalb County home following complaints of a hidden camera located in a heating duct grille in the rink's bathroom. A police investigation not only uncovered the video equipment, but by tracing the coaxial cable running from the camera to the suspect's trailer parked next to the facility, law enforcement officials also found a cache of pornographic tapes.

Prior to this latest and apparently final attempt to appeal a guilty verdict, Poole had gone before the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals last October. The result of that last appeal was a rejection by the court to hear Poole's case.

Eight years ago, Poole petitioned the Court of Criminal Appeals claiming that he was prosecuted in violation of search warrant laws and that the indictment was flawed. The original charges included four counts of producing obscene matter depicting persons under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts. According to reports, Poole later pleaded guilty to a fifth count.

Poole was arrested after a video camera was found behind a vent grille in the ceiling of the men's room at the skating rink he operated in 1989. A coaxial cable ran from the camera to Poole's trailer next to the rink.

Producer of porn tapes loses final state appeal, AL.com, January 15, 2010

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