After Five Years – Supreme Court Brief Finally Completed!

Over five years ago, I began an unprecedented effort to obtain criminal restitution for victims of child pornography and online exploitation. A few minutes ago, our United States Supreme Court brief was finally delivered to the printer. The oral argument in this groundbreaking case is scheduled for January 22, 2014.

When I began this journey, I didn’t really realize or appreciate how long and how difficult it would be. Earlier this year I counted the number of words in just the appellate briefs and motions which are well over 600,000. Long days, endless nights, sometimes working 40 hours at a time with 3 hours of sleep; it has been a seemingly ceaseless torrent of briefs, motions, papers, words, thoughts, ideas, hopes and frustrations.

Now that we are near the end, I want to thank all of you for your support and encouragement. Everyone involved in this achievement has been vital to its success. Especially to my law partners and interns and volunteers both here and across the globe, I extend a sincere Thank You! with even greater successes to come!!!

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James R. Marsh
A University of Michigan Law School graduate, James represents victims of campus sexual assault and rape; Title IX violations; sex abuse in schools, colleges, churches, and government and military institutions; online sexual exploitation; child pornography; sextortion, and revenge porn.His case on compensation for victims of child pornography in federal criminal restitution proceedings was recently decided by the United States Supreme Court. That case, United States v. Paroline, led to the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act currently pending in the House and Senate.James founded the nationally recognized Children's Law Center in Washington, DC, and is an experienced trial attorney, and frequent commentator, lecturer, and Huffington Post Blogger. He now leads Marsh Law Firm in New York which is recognized worldwide for its work helping sexually abused survivors obtain justice and rebuild their lives with dignity and respect.

3 Replies to "After Five Years - Supreme Court Brief Finally Completed!"

  • Theresa Tredwell
    November 12, 2013 (2:27 am)
    Reply

    Dear Mr. Marsh,

    I was a victim of child pornography and child prostitution in the 1960s. I was given ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy) so often, most of the memories are wiped out but not the knowledge. My suburbanite parents made a lot of money off me, and my siblings, and now I’m on Social Security Disability and it’s infuriating.

    Anyway, I wanted to thank you for working so hard and for so long to help victimized children. You really give me hope that there are good people in the world helping children who get so defiled.

    Thank you for your work.
    Theresa C. Tredwell

  • K Sullivan
    November 18, 2013 (12:16 am)
    Reply

    My concern, after reading your announcement, is that many survivors of child (and sometimes adult) pornography are not allowed to have access to physical proofs of the crimes that were perpetrated against us – photos, films, etc. from the abuse. Other than suing perpetrators in civil court based on our recollections, what real justice is available to any of us? I’ve always been troubled by the fact that the evidence of porn shoots continues to be available to perpetrators and their customers for a price; and yet, the victims – who are acutely aware that their images and forced films are still available to predators – have no way of identifying and obtaining those proofs of our abuse. Surely there must be a solution to this problem, without violating the rights of other victims whose physical evidence of abuse is also still available through the Internet to predators and other customers. So many of us suffer from the long-term effects of such forms of abuse, and continue to feel violated by knowing our faces and images are still out there. Still possibly being sold for profit. While we experience no real recourse.


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