Federal judge asks prosecutors to put a price on child porn

  • Article by: JAMES WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 5, 2010 - 9:46 AM

A federal judge pushes prosecutors to demand restitution from those caught with explicit photos.

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humen007Jan. 4, 1010:02 PM

Thank you Judge Schiltz for this important decision.

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insurancecioJan. 4, 1010:04 PM

It's about time that we have severe penalties for offenders who sexually abuse or take pleasure from viewing the sexual abuse of children. Such offenders really do not deserve the privileges of living in a free society such as owning a house--they just abuse this privilege by using a house for the sick purpose of viewing and taking pleasure from the abuse of children. Also, taking the property of offenders would serve as a deterrent and finally send the message that we are serious about addressing the sexual abuse of children.

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sharkysharkJan. 4, 1010:32 PM

It is however a "slippery slope". Assessing realistic "damages" between offenders and victims that never met (and likely never would) seems problematic and arbitrary.

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ammunraJan. 5, 1012:23 AM

Good for him.

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bikemilesJan. 5, 10 3:08 AM

This could have a chilling effect on the mainstream media if this is eventually construed to affect those with "damaged reputations". There is no requirement of "malice". There is also the potential for abuse either in a political sense or from "equity stripping" by prosecutors. As an example, if a person views even one questionable image and then closes their browser and reboots their computer the image is still on the hard drive cache even after a "clear the cache". Prosecutors have programs that can find residual evidence of the picture even after five or ten erasures. ....Note that this article mentions nothing of "pattern"......This seems an example of a government agency trying "creative financing".

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davidosedachJan. 5, 10 6:54 AM

Unless the uncle that posted the pictures is well to do, or connected, they are unlikely to get anything.

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lothlornJan. 5, 10 7:17 AM

Recently I was getting phone calls. Phone calls from a telemarketer from outside the US. I called the FCC ,like, someone from AT&T suggested and complained. When they heard the calls were from out of the country they said that there was nothing they would probably be able to do. If they make a law for people in old porn photos to get money I think we will have foreigners try to extort money from people here in America. Many would have no problem using underage kids to make money. That is what I think. And there will be nothing our country will be able to do about it. BAD LAWS. Lottery laws are unjust.

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snapnetworkJan. 5, 10 8:26 AM

Every judge in the US should do this. Child porn victims face years and years of counseling and medical costs and reduced earnings and shattered self esteem and more. . . Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell), SNAPdorris@gmail.com

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notaxmaxJan. 5, 10 8:32 AM

The word justice means equal protection under the law. Shouldn't that mean equal punishment also? In this scenario a poor college student would be ignored while a wealthy businessman could pay millions for the same offense. Justice should be equal for all. Law enforcement seems to have a pretty good plan of attacking this problem, using decoys and computer tracking, to catch offenders,the problem has either lessened or been pushed far underground. The next question? How to control the international aspects in a worldwide computer age.

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bonejuviJan. 5, 10 8:33 AM

This actually happened back in 1982. Judge, looking over 7 rolls of film taken of a precocious 10 year old protitute: "This is appalling." (continues to scan) "This is outrageous" (nears the end) "This is horrible, do you have any more?"

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