Expert Witness

Expert Witness

Frederick Lane is a nationally-recognized expert on the origins, growth, and operation of the online pornography industry. His first book, Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age, was the first to study adult websites and remains the standard today. Since the release of Obscene Profits, Lane has appeared on numerous national television and regional radio programs to discuss and explain the business of pornography.

Lane has been a frequent lecturer and speaker on issues of technology, obscenity, pornography, and the law. As part of his on-going research in this field, he maintains and routinely adds to a research database of more than 15,000 articles stretching back more than two decades. With Greg Piccionelli, Esq., Lane wrote The Online Adult Entertainment Webmaster Legal Resource (Tech Law Seminars 2012), a comprehensive review of the legal issues that apply to online adult entertainment sites.

For a complete list of his lectures, seminars, and media appearances, please click on the “Professional Services” button on the main menu at the top of the page.

Rates and references for Lane’s expert witness services are availabe upon request.

Expert Witness Procedure

Lane’s expert witness work typically involves the following duties:

  1. Assist counsel in understanding the structure and operation of the online adult industry, including the production and distribution of sexually explicit images across the Internet;
  2. Review circumstances of case and discuss possible avenues of analysis and discovery;
  3. Assist counsel in understanding law enforcement forensic procedures and tools, including the contents of any reports (most commonly those produced by Encase);
  4. Conduct forensic examination of seized hard drives and other electronic data to obtain exculpatory material (if any) and confirm law enforcement procedures;
  5. Review results of investigation with counsel and assist in determining its impact on defense theories;
  6. Provide testimony as required in depositions and at trial.

Active and Closed Cases

The following is a list of cases in which Lane has served as an expert witness. The party for whom he worked is underlined. A list of counsel with whom Lane has worked is available upon request.

    • Nectar Entertainment, LLC v. Alpha & Omega Roofing, Inc., Case No. BC373990 (Calif. Super. Ct. 2007). Reviewed case materials and consulted with defense counsel on economics and operation of the adult film industry.

    • Vermont v. Sausville, Docket No. 2658-7-07 Cncr (Vt. 2007). Conducted computer forensic analysis and consulted with defense counsel of individual accused of possession of child pornography.

    • People v. Perna, CR # 07-007481 (N.Y. 2007). Reviewed case materials and consulted with defense counsel of individual accused of possession of child pornography.

    • United States v. Seeba, Crim. No. 3:07-cr-73 (D. N.D. 2006). Conducted computer forensic analysis and traveled to Fargo, North Dakota to consult with defense counsel for individual accused of possession of child pornography.

    • Bonavita v. Bonavita (Vt. 2006). Conducted computer forensic analysis, consulted with plaintiff’s counsel in child custody proceeding, and testified at trial regarding defendant’s Internet activity.

    • Vermont v. Carney, Docket No. 591,2,3-1-05 Cncr (Vt. 2005). Conducted computer forensic analysis and consulted on defense for individual accused of identity theft, false reporting of a crime, and unauthorized access of a computer.

    • Vermont v. Amrani, Docket No. 6227-11-04 Cncr (Vt. 2004). Conducted computer forensic analysis and consulted with defense counsel of individual accused of possession of child pornography.

    • Central Ave. Video, Inc. v. City of Charlotte, NC, 3:02-CV-14-MU (W.D. N.C.) (2004). Prepared expert report and affidavit on behalf of City of Charlotte in defense of its regulation of sexually oriented businesses.

    • Vermont v. Balentine, Docket No. 1523-12-03 Frcr (Vt. 2004). Conducted computer forensic analysis and consultation with defense counsel for individual accused of possession of child pornography.

    • Vermont v. Bugbee, Docket No. 4111-7-03 Cncr (Vt. 2004). Conducted computer forensic analysis and consulted on defense of teacher accused of improper relationship with student.

    • Vermont v. Erno, Docket No. 668-9-03 Cacr (Vt. 2004). Conducted computer forensic analysis and consulted on defense of individual accused of possession of child pornography.

    • Vermont v. May, Docket No. 86-1-04 Wmcr (Vt. 2004). Conducted computer forensic analysis and consulted on defense of individual accused of possession of child pornography.

    • Vermont v. Smart, Docket No. 1736-12-03 Wmcr (Vt. 2004). Conducted computer forensic analysis and consultation with defense counsel for individual accused of possession of child pornography.

    • Vermont v. Banghart (Vt. 2004). Reviewed evidence and consulted on defense of individual accused of possession of child pornography.

    • Perfect 10, Inc. v. Cybernet Ventures, Inc., Case No. 01-02595 LGB (SHx) (C.D. Calif.) (2002). Prepared expert opinion on behalf of defendant regarding economics and structure of adult online industry.

    • State of Vermont v. Thompson (Vt. 2002). Reviewed case materials and conducted research for defense of individual charged with solicitation of a child for lewd and lascivious purposes.

    • State of Vermont v. Meunier. (Vt. 2001). Reviewed case materials and assisted deposition preparation for individual charged with possession of child pornography.

    • Queen City Video & News, Inc. v. City of Charlotte, NC, 3:00CV618MU (W.D. N.C. 2001). Prepared affidavit on behalf of City of Charlotte in defense of its regulation of sexually oriented businesses.

    • American Civil Liberties Union v. Ashcroft (2001). Conducted research and consulted with Department of Justice in defense of the Child Online Protection Act.

    • State of Florida v. Robinson (Fla.). Reviewed case materials and consultted on defense of individual charged with transmitting obscene materials across the Internet.

    • United States v. Dean (D. Vt.). Reviewed case materials, performed computer forensic analysis, and consulted on defense of individual charged with Internet-related murder.

  • United States v. Chadwick (Vt.). Review of case materials and testimony at sentencing hearing on behalf of defendant charged with possession of child pornography.

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