Should Possessors of Child Pornography Pay Restitution to the Child?
FindLaw columnist and Cornell law professor Sherry Colb takes on a question involving my client that has sharply divided courts: Should a person who is found to have committed the crime of possessing child pornography be required to pay restitution to each child who appears in those images? The question has been posed very sharply recently, because images of one child victim — whose pseudonym is “Amy” — have been at issue in 350 criminal cases across the country. Moreover, the difference in the amount of restitution awarded in those cases is dramatic: Two Florida judges together awarded over three million dollars; a California judge awarded only $5000; and a Texas judge refused any award at all.
Read Professor Colb’s entire article here.