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Child Pornography

October 14, 2014

Appeals Court Tosses Conviction Based On Illegal Child Pornography Investigation

A federal appeals court has recently overturned a man’s conviction and 18 year prison sentence because of an illegal government investigation. The illegal search and investigation stems from a Naval Criminal Investigative agent using a software program to search private computers throughout the State of Washington for child pornography. The Department of Justice justified the search by arguing that the investigator was searching military installations when he came...

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August 8, 2014

When Child Pornography is Not Child Pornography

There has been an increase in crackdowns on alleged child pornography, especially on the Internet. One must consider the ramifications of assigning the label “child pornography” to distasteful, yet perfectly legal, photos, films or digital renderings. Earlier this year, the Huffington Post published a poll concerning 13 year old French model Thylane Loubry Blondeau. Blondeau was in the news not because of her young...

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May 6, 2014

Supreme Court Limits Restitution Payments to Victims of Child Pornography

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. The case involved a woman known in court papers by the pseudonym "Amy." Her losses for psychological care, lost income and attorneys' fees have been pegged at nearly $3.4 million, based on the ongoing Internet trade and viewing of images of her being raped by her uncle when she was 8 and 9 years old. The ruling...

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February 11, 2014

US Supreme Court Struggles with Child Pornography Restitution

Justices at the US Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with the difficult question of whether a person convicted of downloading and possessing two computer images of child pornography can be forced to pay $3.4 million in restitution to the child-victim depicted in the two illicit images. The justices are examining how judges are to award restitution payments to victims identified in confiscated images of

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December 24, 2013

Pennsylvania seeks to Increase Penalties for Child Pornography Crimes

The Pennsylvania State Senate recently approved a bill to increase the degree of child pornography crimes. The bill was approved in response to the Jerry Sandusky and Catholic clergy molestation scandals that have occurred in Pennsylvania. Under the new bill; producing, disseminating or viewing child pornography would be considered more serious crimes if the material depicts

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