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Child Pornography

March 31, 2011

Ninth Circuit: Deleted Computer File Not Enough For Child Porn Conviction

In the recently decided case, U.S. v. Flyer, No. 08-10580 (2-8-11), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that deletion of an image alone is insufficient evidence to support a conviction for knowing possession of child pornography on or about a certain date under US federal law. In an undercover operation, the FBI had downloaded various files containing child porn through a file-sharing program, which were traced back to the defendant’s IP address. A search of the defendant’s residence produced a computer, on which...

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March 28, 2011

Third Circuit Upholds Warrant in Child Pornography Case

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently found that a search warrant in a child pornography case was sufficient, even if not based on a detailed description of the computer hard drive being searched. In US v. Miknevich, 2011 US App. LEXIS 3824 (3d Cir. March 1, 2011), the Court considered whether the affidavit providing the basis for a search warrant in a child pornography case need to include copies of the items being searched for or a detailed description of these items. Defendant Stephen Miknevich was charged with...

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March 16, 2010

Child Pornography Victim Seeks Restitution From Those Convicted of Possessing her Images

When Amy was a young girl, her Uncle sexually abused her by forcing her to pose for sexually explicit photographs and sharing those photographs with other pedophiles. Her photographs, which became known as “the Misty Series”, were some of the first photographs to ever surface in the internet world of child pornography and remain popular amongst child pornography viewers even today. Amy has since reached majority and with the help of a creative lawyer, is now seeking restitution from all those convicted of possessing her photographs. The Uncle who was responsible for violating Amy as a...

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May 5, 2009

Third Circuit Holds Government Contracted Psychologist May Be Subpoenaed To Testify Favorably For Defendant at Sentencing

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided the case of United States v. Olhovsky, ruling that the sentence imposed by the District Court upon the Defendant was unreasonable. Nicolau Olhovsky was sentenced to six years imprisonment after pleading guilty to charges of possessing child pornography. In 2004, an undercover law enforcement officer was investigating an Internet Relay Chat channel (“IRC”) in which users would trade pornographic images of children. Olhovsky was identified as one of the IRC’s users. In...

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February 19, 2009

Underage “Sexting” Now Punishable as a Sex Crime in a Growing Number of Jurisdictions

As cellular telephone technology advances at an extremely rapid pace, more and more teenagers are possessing phones with the capabilities to snap still photos or record short videos. Coupled with the fact that as a society, children are becoming acquainted with sex at younger ages, this technology has led to the practice of sexting; sending nude photos or other sexually explicit photos and/or videos to a recipient via cell phone. The practice of sexting has led to...

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