A groundbreaking and complex issue of restitution -- which attorneys for Amy claim she is entitled to from those who possessed illegal photos of her -- is spreading around the country and has become part of Paroline's Tyler case, the first in East Texas.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin, Paroline's defense attorney F.R. "Buck" Files Jr. and New York attorney for Amy, James Marsh, stated their views on the issue and answered questions by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis during a three-hour hearing Thursday. But more time, resources and information are needed before the restitution issue can be resolved.
Baldwin said the government has the ...
Federal prosecutors and a New York lawyer [James R. Marsh] are persuading courts to order anyone caught with illicit images to pay financial restitution to child victims.
Marsh says he is not seeking restitution for the original crime of sexual assault of a child. His claims on Amy's behalf are based on the idea that those who possess images of his client's abuse are guilty of a current violation of her privacy rights.
"This is an ongoing crime, an ongoing harm, that will never end," he says. "There is nothing that she can do, or I can do, or the US attorney can do, or anyone in the world can do to stop this crime."
Marsh adds: "All she wants ...