Courts are giving reduced terms to many child-porn defendants, August 1, 2015
By Stephanie Francis Ward
U.S. District Judge James S. Gwin of the Northern District of Ohio polled a jury in February about what jurors thought a suitable sentence would be for Ryan Collins, a child pornography defendant who was found guilty of having 19 videos and 93 still images on his computer.
The jury recommended, on average, a 14-month sentence. Gwin then sentenced Collins to serve five years—longer than the jury recommendation yet significantly shorter than the government’s 20-year recommendation.
Responding to the poll results, Gwin was quoted as saying that jurors showed “how off the mark the federal sentencing guidelines are,” according to Cleveland.com. In March, the Northern District’s
attorney’s office filed a notice of appeal on Collins’ sentence. The office
declined to comment on the case. U.S.