Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Supreme Court to decide on child porn victim restitution

WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court says it will take up a case about when victims of child pornography can recover money from people convicted of viewing their abuse.
The justices agreed Thursday to review a question that has divided lower courts: Must there be a link between the crime of viewing child pornography and the victims’ injuries before victims are entitled to restitution?
A woman identified as Amy is seeking financial payments from Texas resident Doyle Randall Paroline, who pleaded guilty of possessing images of child pornography on his computer. Amy was among the girls depicted.
Amy is seeking more than $3.3 million from Paroline to cover the cost of her lost income, attorneys’ fees and psychological care.

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