Posted by: reisendame | February 26, 2007

Does kiddie porn fan really deserve to rot in jail?

man-at-computer-glasses.jpgOn Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the 200 year jail sentence an Arizona man recieved for possessing child pornography. Arizona practices the strictest state laws towards child pornography, and treats the possession of each pornographic image as a separate offense. Under federal law, Morton Berger would have recieved about five years in prison. Now, the 56- year old man seems to have no chance of living out of lock-up ever again. Child pornography is sick and unacceptable, but this sentence is also quite superfluous. In my opinion, it doesn’t fit the crime, and Berger has had no prior criminal records. Some jailtime is certainly appropriate, considering the fact that Berger did break the law and engage in taboo behavior. Still, there is no evidence that he openly performed any criminal acts towards children or anyone else; instead, he kept his pedophilic interests relatively private and benign. There are much more appropriate measure that could be taken against Berger, ones that involve some kind of psychiatric rehabilitation and therapy, along with community service requirements. It is understandable that the Supreme Court has a great deal of cases to pick and choose from, but this case left as is sets a precedent that we don’t necessarily want to have. This man had downloaded 20 images of pornography on his computer and he was sentenced to 200 years in jail.. Why aren’t the authorities cracking down on the sources of these images? The internet is relatively difficult to regulate, and there really aren’t any censorship laws thus far. Still, it can be seen as unfair that child pornography was easily accessible to Berger, despite the fact that it is against the law. All of us must be accountable for our actions, and this man is certainly being held accountable. However, there are other parties involved here: the provider and the law-enforcement officials who allow these images to float through cyberspace. It seems that Berger is taking an excessive amount of the blame, and has been given no chance to redeem himself or look forward towards freedom in the future. Apparently, the American justice system is not quite as progressive as we’d like to believe it may be.

Reuters: Court Won’t Review 200-year Child Porn Sentence

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