A small portion of Mr. Handley's collection of over 1200 manga contained lolicon, which is thought to be legal in the United States, but that doesn't matter to prosecutors. (Who the hell knows what's legal in the United States any more?)
Baldur_of_Asgard writes: Apparently some judges think that harsh guidelines and mandatory minimums that make possession of child pornography a greater offense than actual molestation (to say nothing of other crimes such as Murder) are resulting in overly harsh punishments.
Personally, I do not adhere to the belief that pictures are objects of sympathetic magic that harm the souls of those portrayed in them. The judges, however, do not question that axiomatic American belief. Even so, this may qualify as a sudden outbreak of common sense.