5 results for month: 04/2010


Wikipedia Distributing Child Porn, Co-Founder Tells FBI

But the threat is even greater than the images themselves, says James Marsh, an attorney who wrote about Sanger's letter to the FBI on his Child Law Blog."Wikipedia's continued interest in child sexual exploitation is troubling not only because the site hosts some questionable images, but because it can easily serve as a gateway to other sites containing child pornography," Marsh told FoxNews.com."One simple link buried in the text of an article on Japanese anime or child pornography could easily take an unsuspecting child or adult user to a place which is not only disturbing, but illegal.""The real issue for Wikipedia and sites like it ...

Courts develop ways to aid victims of child porn

A Charlottesville federal judge has joined courts in Texas and Maine in setting a high hurdle for victims of child pornography seeking restitution from defendants convicted of receiving or possessing images of the victims' abuse. It's the latest development in the restitution trend, which may be spreading to Virginia state courts.The award of only $100 by U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon this month represents a departure from the more liberal approach of most federal courts addressing the novel practice of forcing child pornography "end users" to pay restitution to victims portrayed in the illicit images.James R. Marsh of New York, Amy's ...

‘Amy’ seeks restitution from viewers of sex abuse

As of last week, the woman known as "Amy" in every federal district court across the country had received almost 1,000 notices that she had been identified as the victim of a crime.Now, at age 20, she has filed requests in nearly 400 criminal cases asking that she receive restitution from any defendant convicted of viewing those pictures.The idea of restitution is to make crime victims whole. But in Amy's cases, the question is whether the act of simply "possessing," or looking, at the illegal, pornographic images in which she appeared is directly responsible for the harm she has suffered and will continue to suffer in the future.Mr. Marsh ...

Brandon Anthony Buchanan paying $1,000 porn restitution

Her lawyer, James Marsh, has gone after 400 similar cases in which Amy's photos were found in someone's possession. He sought $3.4 million restitution in this case, but the actual amount was agreed to by Marsh, prosecutors, the judge, and the defense attorney. Marsh has been going after individual possessors of child porn to set precedent that not just the creator and distributor of the child porn is to blame for a victim's suffering. He's out to prove that each person who views an image of a victim has caused additional harm."Restitution cases like Buchanan are empowering to my client who has gone from a nameless invisible victim to someone who ...

Possessor of child porn to pay $1,000 in restitution

It is the principle -- not the amount -- that was important in Buchanan's case, said James Marsh, Amy's attorney. Buchanan's case, one of more than 400 in which Marsh has asked for restitution around the country, is a sign that more courts accept the idea that possessing even a single child porn photo does measurable harm to victims."We applaud the judge for what he's done," Marsh said Monday.