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Monthly Archive: February 2010

February 25, 2010

Federal Courts are Split on the Imposition of Internet Bans as Penalty

In Philadelphia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, recently overturned a lifetime internet ban, which was imposed as part of a convicted child sex offender’s sentence. In reversing the defendant’s internet ban, the Third Circuit displayed its stance on the argument of internet as a right versus a privilege. The defendant, in the appeal, had been sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment, followed by a lifetime of restricted...

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Posted in: Internet Crime

February 22, 2010

Supreme Court of the United States Hears Arguments on the Detainment of Sexual Predators

The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in United States v. Comstock, an appeal brought by government prosecutors against four defendants who had completed their prison sentences for possession of child pornography and/or sexual abuse of a minor, but were still being held as “sexually dangerous.” The four defendants were arrested, charged and convicted under the Adam Walsh Act; legislation enacted in 2006 which increases penalties for certain crimes against minors, including child pornography. Comstock only...

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Posted in: Sex Crimes & Abuse Allegations