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Friday, July 31, 2015

ABA Journal: Courts are Giving Reduced Terms to Many Child-Porn Defendants By Stephanie Francis Ward


 
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 U.S. attorney’s office filed a notice of appeal on Collins’ sentence. The office declined to comment on the case.
 

July 30, 2015 ABC Nightline: An Interview (7:44 Video) With Zach Anderson and His Parents Less and Amanda. “We hope that they stop putting people on the sex offender registry like they're passing out traffic tickets”


Nightlines Series: First’s 

ABC’s Nightline: This 19-Year-Old Will Spend the Next 25 Years as a Registered Sex Offender, July 30, 2015
By Juju Chang
 
When Les and Amanda Anderson went to pick up their son from a county jail in St. Joseph, Michigan, it was the first time they had seen him in two and half months.  

“I was thinking just coming up here it’s like he shouldn’t be here,” Les Anderson said. “This, you know, it shouldn’t be happening.”  

Since his release last month, their son Zach Anderson’s freedom has been severely restricted because at just 19 years old, Zach is a convicted sex offender.