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December 06, 2009

Man given 20 years in prison for accidentally downloading child porn from Limewire

'Accidental' Download Sending Man To Prison - cbs13.com 20 years? This guy accidentally downloading illegal images gets a harsher punishment than, say, the jerks at finance companies that ruined the economy. He gets a harsher sentence than most *murderers*. How does that make any sense?
Matthew White, 22, said he was surfing for pornography two years ago on Limewire -- a fire sharing application that allows users to trade music, movies, games and pictures -- when he discovered that some of the files he had downloaded were images of children. Matt claims he quickly erased the files. "It didn't appeal to me," he said. "I was looking for women my age, so I just wanted to download 'College Girls Gone Wild' and accidentally downloaded underage pornography." About a year later, FBI agents showed up at his family's home. The family agreed to let agents examine the computer, and at first, they couldn't find anything. Investigators later were able to recover the deleted images from deep within the hard drive. "I asked them, 'Where did you get that? I don't remember that.' I asked them, 'Could I access that if I wanted to?'" Matt said. "They said no." Facing 20 years in prison for possessing child pornography, Matt is pleading guilty on the advice of his public defender in hopes of getting a three and a half year sentence. He will also serve 10 years probation and have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

November 11, 2009

Supreme Court Justice dmands prior approval of high school newspaper writing an article on him

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Asks School Paper to 'Tidy Up' Remarks - NYTimes.com What a bizarre request to make of a high school newspaper.
“We are not able to cover the recent visit by a Supreme Court justice due to numerous publication constraints,” the note said. It promised “an explanation of the regrettable delay” in the next issue. It turns out that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, widely regarded as one of the court’s most vigilant defenders of First Amendment values, had provided the newspaper, The Daltonian, with a lesson about journalistic independence. Justice Kennedy’s office had insisted on approving any article about a talk he gave to an assembly of Dalton high school students on Oct. 28. Kathleen Arberg, the court’s public information officer, said Justice Kennedy’s office had made the request to make sure the quotations attributed to him were accurate. The justice’s office received a draft of the proposed article on Monday and returned it to the newspaper the same day with “a couple of minor tweaks,” Ms. Arberg said. Quotations were “tidied up” to better reflect the meaning the justice had intended to convey, she said.

November 08, 2009

Framed for child porn by a computer virus

AP IMPACT: Framed for child porn — by a PC virus by AP: Yahoo! Tech
Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography. Heinous pictures and videos can be deposited on computers by viruses — the malicious programs better known for swiping your credit card numbers. In this twist, it's your reputation that's stolen. Pedophiles can exploit virus-infected PCs to remotely store and view their stash without fear they'll get caught. Pranksters or someone trying to frame you can tap viruses to make it appear that you surf illegal Web sites. Whatever the motivation, you get child porn on your computer — and might not realize it until police knock at your door. An Associated Press investigation found cases in which innocent people have been branded as pedophiles after their co-workers or loved ones stumbled upon child porn placed on a PC through a virus. It can cost victims hundreds of thousands of dollars to prove their innocence.

November 04, 2009

Parents group calling on local stations to not air new episode of "Gossip Girl" over threesome scene

Group urges CW stations not to air 'Gossip Girl' - Yahoo! News So murder, rape, suicide and all the other things you see every night on tv are okay, but if some teenagers have a threesome it's time to freak the fuck out? Nice priorities, Parents Television Council. But these are the kind of people who assume tv and video games should all be made for children, and that kids' minds are easily warped little eggshells that need protecting.
NEW YORK – On-air promos for a sexual threesome on an upcoming episode of "Gossip Girl" have spurred the Parents Television Council to ask affiliates of the CW network to pre-empt the show. Airing the teen tryst, which is being teased in an ad as a "3SOME," is "reckless and irresponsible," said PTC president Tim Winter in a statement Wednesday. The threesome involves three main characters in the show but they are not identified in the promos. The PTC has urged CW affiliate stations not to air the episode, scheduled for Nov. 9. In a letter to the affiliates, Winter asked: "Will you now be complicit in establishing a precedent and expectation that teenagers should engage in behaviors heretofore associated primarily with adult films?"
Funny, I thought threesomes were primarily associated with post-college drinking.