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Submission + - Life Sentence For Posession of Child Pornography (nytimes.com)

wanzeo writes: A circuit court judge in Florida sentenced a 26-year-old man to life imprisonment for the possession of child pornography. The defendant was charged with 454 counts of possession, each count representing one image found on the computer. While this case was not tried in Federal Court, federal child exploitation laws stipulate a life sentence may be appropriate for cases involving prior convictions. This decision places child pornography consumption in the same bracket as first-degree murder, and further blurs the distinction between the act of creating the material and act of viewing it.

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