Saber Books – Sex Life of a Cop – Sanford Aday
This nifty little Saber Books novel, Sex Life of a Cop, was instrument in putting its publisher, Sanford Aday, in hot water and almost behind bars.
Aday was an unsuccessful novelist — out of his ten written manuscripts (housed in the special collections at Cal State, Fresno, only 2 were published. Part of it was his books were too racy for the mainstream,. Frustrated, he started his own press, with three imprints: Vega, Saber, and Fabian. These books often pushed the enveloped when it came to incest, homosexuality, and detailed sex acts. As such, the cops and goveerment were after him for obscenity.
He vigorously fought against censorship. He faced several charges in Hawaii, Arizona and Fresno. Then, as a jab to the local cops, he published Sex Life of a Cop, by an alleged former cop, publicizing the book as being a true account of how cops are crooked and take liberties with the law and sex.
Well, you don’t do that without pissing off the powers that be, so they really went after him. In the 50s-60s, the First Amendment and freedom of opinion/expression did not exist when it came to the law guys — after all, Jim Morrison was arrested on stage in New Haven when he made fun of the cop who maced him backstage. Lenny Bruce would get arrested when he made fun of the cops in the clubs where he he did his act.
Saber and the other imprints mostly seemed to publish unknown pen names. They did publish one Orrie Hitt, Love Princess, and one by John B. Thompson, Hard Way.
He was eventually tried and convicted along with associate Wallace de Ortega Maxey for shipping an obscene book into Michigan in 1963. He was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison and fined $25,000.
The conviction was eventually overturned.
Sex Life of a Cop by Oscar Peck was the only book of seven deemed obscene by the jury.
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