Opinion


SCOTUS limits the amount of money child porn victims can get from people who possess it

This Wednesday morning, SCOTUS voted to put a limit on the amount of restitution that people who consume child pornography pay the victims of child pornography. Surprisingly, the court was mostly not divided between “putting a limit on restitution” and “not putting a limit on restitution”–but between limits and no restitution at all. Voting in favor of no restitution at all, naturally, were Roberts, Scalia and Thomas. Once again, the only Justice with a brain in her head, Justice Sotomayor, wrote a dissent of her own saying that there should be no limit, period ...

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Op Ed: Paroline Raises Difficult Questions for Supreme Court

JURIST Guest Columnist Warren Binford of Willamette University College of Law argues that the US Supreme Court should hold individual possessors of child pornography liable for the full damages allowed under the Violence Against Women Act first to help victims of child pornography recover as quickly and fully as possible and to uphold US international treaty obligations ...

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Opinion: Paying a price for child pornography

Sometimes, justice requires being fair even to those who don't deserve it. And justice in this case means rejecting the argument that Paroline must pay for all his fellow criminals.

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Opinion: Child pornography: Who should pay?

Child pornography is a growing international scourge. Demand has increased, as have the number of victims and the cruelty of the crimes. Anonymous online sharing has exacerbated the problem, rendering the industry more opaque and prosecution more elusive. The victims of this sordid market need assistance, not legal machinations that impede recovery.

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Opinion – Murphy: Court to weigh who must pay in child porn case

The legal issues in Paroline's case may be complicated, but deciding whom to burden with the task of distributing restitution responsibilities fairly is simple. The bad guys, not the victims or the courts, should bear the burden. Imposing a substantial restitution order on a guy like Paroline will serve as a strong deterrent to others who may be considering becoming involved in the crime. It will also encourage young victims to speak out not only to achieve justice but also to obtain money they desperately need and deserve to help them heal.

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