Cases


Two child porn victims sue ex-state legislator now in prison

Imprisoned former state Rep. Keith Farnham has been sued by two underage girls who contend the Elgin Democrat downloaded sexually graphic videos and images of them. The suit, which asks for damages of at least $150,000, was filed under a federal law enabling victims to recoup money from those who possess child pornography. The suit noted that while serving as a state representative, Farnham co-sponsored two bills to increase penalties for child pornography crimes. He also received "significant campaign contributions" from the child advocacy organization Stand for ...

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School failed to tell parents about teacher who abused students: suit

The parents of a 14-year-old girl are suing the Department of Education, saying administrators failed to tell them her teacher was a sexual predator — even as their daughter, who later revealed she was also a victim, was struggling in school because of the abuse. … Administrators reacted coldly, still not revealing Prowell had allegedly abused five other students, nor offering the family counseling, according to their Manhattan Supreme Court suit. It was only when the parents went to the police and the Manhattan district attorney that they learned Prowell, 29, ...

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Paroline v. United States

The Fifth Circuit erred in holding that defendant, who pled guilty to possessing child pornography, two of which depicted images of the victim here, was liable for said victim's entire losses from the trade in her images, where: 1) restitution is proper under 18 U.S.C. 2259 only to the extent the defendant's offense proximately caused a victim's losses; 2) victims should be compensated and defendants should be held to account for the impact of their conduct on those victims, but defendants should only be made liable for the consequences and gravity of their own conduct, ...

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Landmark Children’s Rights Case

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review a case brought by the Marsh Law Firm concerning criminal restitution for victims of child pornography. The Court agreed to decide “what, if any, causal relationship or nexus between the defendant's conduct and the victim's harm or damages must the government or the victim establish in order to recover restitution under 18 U.S.C. §2259,” the Mandatory Restitution for Sexual Exploitation of Children Act of 1994. The case, Doyle Randall Paroline v. Amy Unknown, arises out of a long-fought and ...

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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, ...

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