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February 14 Toronto Ontario Provincial Court Judge Sydney Harris found PTP, publisher of the Body Politic, and defendants Gerald Hannon, Ed Jackson, and Ken Popert not guilty as charged. He ruled that the December–January 1977–78 issue of the magazine, including the article "Men Loving Boys Loving Men," was not scurrilous, nor indecent, nor immoral. The second charge, possession of obscene material for distribution, was withdrawn by the Crown attorney. A victory celebration was held that evening at Buddy's Backroom Bar, 370 Church Street. Ontario Attorney General Roy McMurtry said that the Crown would consider appealing the verdict. (See also March 6, 1979, March–April 1979, and February 29, 1980.)

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Lorna Weir, "The Body Politic: A Hollow Victory," LOOT Newsletter, March 1979, p. (2).Merv Walker, "'We've Won!': Body Politic Found Not Guilty of Obscenity," Georgia Straight, 16–22 February 1979, p. 4"Victory for the Body Politic," Gay Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), 2, no. 3 (March 1979): (5)"Victory for Body Politic," Socialist Voice, 5 March 1979, p. 10"Verdict: Not Guilty! But Ominous Legislation Waits in the Wings in Ottawa," Body Politic, no. 51 (1979), pp. 8–9"Update," Gaymates (Saskatoon), no. 17 (1979), pp. 3–4"Still on Trial" (editorial), Body Politic, no. 51 (1979), p. 7David Lewis Stein and Erna Paris, "Homosexual Rights: Is Militancy Necessary?" Chatelaine, July 1979, p. 24Jean-Michel Sivry, "Retour sur le procès Body Politic," Gai(e)s du Québec: Journal, 1, no. 6 (April–May 1979): 6–7Ken Popert, "Locking Our Doors," Body Politic, no. 51 (1979), p. 18"Pink Triangle Trial Testimony," Metro Community News 6 (2 February 1979): 2–3"Pink Triangle Acquitted: News," Metro Community News 6 (2 March 1979): 5Gary Oakes, "Sex Article 'Not Immoral': Charges against Homosexual Magazine Dismissed," Toronto Star, four star ed., 15 February 1979, p. A2"Not Guilty Means Not Guilty," Gay Niagara News, 1, no. 1 (January 1980): 5–8"The Judgment [sic]: The Queen vs. Pink Triangle Press," Body Politic, no. 51 (1979), p. 10Claire Hoy, "So They're Free to Print Filth: A Court Victory for Zanies" (column), Toronto Sun, 15 February 1979, p. 8Claire Hoy, "Judge Harris' Logic Was Fuzzy in Homo-tab Case" (column), Toronto Sun, Sunday ed., 18 February 1979, p. 12Wendy Dey, "The Boys in the Band Play On," Maclean's, 26 February 1979, p. 26Ron Dayman, "Le Body Politic en cour," Gai(e)s du Québec: Journal, 1, no. 5 (February–March 1979): 1–2Robin Collyer, "The Judgement: 'Immorality': An Imprecise Standard," Centerfold, 3, no. 4 (April–May 1979): 152–53Jonathan Burston, "The Beer Was Sexist" (letter), Body Politic, no. 52 (1979), p. 4"Body Politic Wins: Crown to Appeal," Gay Tide, no. 22 (1979), p. 3"Body Politic Wins Court Case!" SPAG News (Vancouver), 1, no. 5 (March 1979): 1, 3"Body Politic Acquitted," Gay Calgary, no. 10 (1979), pp. 1, 3Fred Blazer, "Clayton Ruby's People Power," Maclean's, 22 October 1979, pp. 14, 16, 18