Judge to decide ex-GOP staffer's child porn case

  • Article by: Joy Powell , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 19, 2013 - 8:36 PM

But ex-GOP staffer will appeal whether “viewing” is crime.

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Opus2013Feb. 19, 13 2:38 PM

RE:"...contend the state cannot prove that Koch possessed the images, as opposed to merely viewing them because, they claim, he did not save or print them, which they say would constitute possession." --------------------- Unless the attorney is going to argue that the device came factory loaded with the child porn images, it is unfortunate for Koch that inconvenient facts will likely show that he searched for and downloaded the images onto his device. Courts find that downloading images is substantially similar to possession.

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djigooFeb. 19, 13 2:50 PM

What's up with that last name? The nefarious Brothers, Amy, now Rory. Minnesota has a terrible Koch problem.

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tcatheartFeb. 19, 13 5:01 PM

Seems like a technicality to me. Mr. Koch, you searched for and looked at child pornography. You should be in prison.

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edinawaterFeb. 19, 13 6:02 PM

Do you people know how easy it is to make someone's computer download illegal images? Right-click this page and view the document source, then search for "img". Any tag with "img" will automatically download a picture from a location it identifies. If someone wants to make this politician look bad they can put together a web page describing an important issue for his constituents. Then they can send him some email that links to the web page. That page could include 'img' tags for any picture on the web. It could also set the size to 1 x 1 pixel so he wouldn't even know he downloaded it. If he has Javascript enabled (which most people do) the page could work even more nefariously. If the attacker knows this politician's habits well enough they could probably pull this off without even contacting him.

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tcatheartFeb. 19, 13 6:34 PM

edinawater, I understand what you are trying to say, but the police would also be able to get his search history and the websites he's visited. If it was a case where someone was trying to set him up, like in Blaine a few months back, they would also be able to follow IP addresses, etc. Child pornography doesn't just accidentally show up on your computer.

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