2 results for month: 04/2012


Landmark Children’s Rights Case Now Before the Fifth Circuit

During the past two years, victims of child pornography (represented by the Marsh Law Firm and pioneering attorneys Paul G. Cassell and Carol L. Hepburn) have been seeking restitution in federal courts throughout the country.Almost twenty years ago Congress, led by then-Senator Joe Biden, passed a law as part of the Violence Against Women Act which requires federal district courts to award mandatory restitution to child pornography victims for the "full amount of the victim's losses." 18 U.S.C. § 2259(B)(3). Among the losses covered by the statute are psychiatric care, lost income, and occupational therapy.Recently this issue has come to a head ...

Restitution sought to care for kids whose moms used them to make porn

Prosecutors and lawyers nationwide have successfully sought restitution orders in child pornography cases under a provision in the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, which allows for such restitution. The law, however, has taken years to catch on."For about 20 years, it sat there basically unused, mostly because victims of child pornography only recently became aware that they were victims," said New York attorney James Marsh, founder of the Children's Law Center in Washington.Marsh said restitution in child pornography cases has been a growing trend in recent years, although he didn't have numbers. His law firm, for example, has collected more ...