Federal Child Pornography Sentences Seem Inconsistent


Federal court sentences are inconsistent in child pornography cases, the Connecticut Law Tribune reports. The newspaper cites recent cases that brought penalties ranging from 14 months in prison to 6 1/2 years. The Justice Department has cited divergent sentencing regimes by judges who adhere to advisory sentencing guidelines and those who tend to go their own way.

Defense attorney William Dow says some “judges have realized that looking at child porn does not equate to an action of molesting children.” Another defense lawyer, M. Hatcher “Reese” Norris, said cases are different: “ome of the sentences may have involved a different number of images and different types of images [] sadomasochistic [] that obviously has an impact, so it's hard to put them all in one category.”

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