Judge Upholds Porn Charge, Assails Federal “Bullying”

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Under the federal Project Safe Childhood, pornography prosecutions are mushrooming, says the Kansas City Star. The newspaper cites a growing body of academic research finding links between child porn and pedophilia. In one study, 131 of 155 offenders had admitted they had sexual contact with more than 1,700 victims. Defense attorney Eric Chase protests an aggressive attempt by federal prosecutors to charge his client under a law making it illegal to post a notice of child porn on the Internet. At issue were search descriptions – “Underage Porn” and “Erotica” – that his client's file-sharing software used to notify others trolling for child porn that he had illegal images available to download.

Chase contends that the law is meant for those who knowingly post online advertising for child porn. Chase calls Kansas City prosecutors “a renegade U.S. attorney's office imposing a ridiculously broad interpretation of the law so they can impose a harsh penalty.” U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled against Chase, but said, “This case represents a level of hysteria that I have not seen in 10 years on the bench. There is a level of bullying in this case that is distasteful. It is distasteful because there is a 15-year mandatory minimum.” Chase's client pleaded guilty to a charge carrying a five-year minimum term.

Link: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/16317474.htm

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