Court Struggles With Restitution for Child Porn Victim

National Law Journal

Three lawyers offered the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday three "stark choices" about how to pay restitution to child pornography victims, but none seemed to satisfy all of the justices. The three choices, several justices noted, would result in victims receiving nothing, everything or something in between the two. During arguments in Paroline v. United States, the high court struggled with how to give effect to Congress' mandate in the Sexual Exploitation and Other Abuse of Children Act that these victims receive the "full amount" of their losses. The justices had agreed to decide what causal relationship, if any, between a criminal defendant's act and a child pornography victim's harm must the government or the victim prove for the victim to get restitution.

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