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Courts are giving reduced terms to many child-porn defendants

U.S. District Judge James S. Gwin of the Northern District of Ohio polled a jury in February about what jurors thought a suitable sentence would be for ____ ____, a child pornography defendant who was found guilty of having 19 videos and 93 still images on his computer.

The jury recommended, on average, a 14-month sentence. Gwin then sentenced ____ to serve five years—longer than the jury recommendation yet significantly shorter than the government’s 20-year recommendation. Full Article

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Okay this is a start. However there needs to be an in depth study into all the content covered under the classification of “child pornography”. As someone who agreed to plead guilty to possessing child pornography I have a lot of questions that nobody has ever attempted to provide sufficient answers for. Essentially everything always gets reduced back to “because that’s what the law says”. Well okay, but why does the law say what it does, who came to the conclusion that the current legal language was proper, and what research/evidence/data was used to support the text for the proposed… Read more »

and perpetrator was the same person.

I am not a legal scholar, but experiencing being a registrant especially, and remembering the last 30 years or so, I am seeing that US penal policy is based on something more akin to “intuition” or primal instinct, to the near exclusion of reasoned scientific investigation. Just look at the recent Senate vote on SB 448. Don’t you think there would be at least one concerned about the cost of the bill and the confusion it would create to say, “hey, let’s do a thorough job of looking into this”?

I agree and that was my point. No one does do a comprehensive look into things because especially in the case of child pornography that would require lots of work and authorizing research which would be very controversial. What an unfortunate reality we live in.

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