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August 8, 2009

Trying the old "my cat downloaded the kiddie porn" defense

A helpful reader alerted me to this amusing local news story, headlined "Treasure Coast man blames cat for downloaded child pornography," that allows me to do a little cat blogging along with the usual child porn coverage:

Martin County Sheriff's detectives didn't buy it when a 48-year-old Jensen Beach man claimed that his cat was downloading child pornography on his computer.

Keith R. Griffin, of the 3600 block of Northeast Jeannette Drive, was charged Wednesday with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after detectives found more than 1,000 child pornographic images on his computer, according to a news release.

Griffin told detectives he would leave his computer on and his cat would jump on the keyboard. When he returned, there would be strange material downloaded, the release states.

Too bad for this defendant that the Sheriff was not Steve Martin, since his classic "Cat Handcuffs" routine talks about a trusted cat who embezzled fom the comedian to buy $3000 worth of cat toys. 

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Cat was surfing for kitty porn, which is legal.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 8, 2009 12:57:45 PM

Actually, SC, under existing federal law, accessing/transmitting certain types of violent kitty (and puppy) porn might NOT be legal, though the Stevens' case before the Supreme Court might determine that images of animal abuse are constitutionally protected.

Posted by: Doug B. | Aug 8, 2009 2:12:17 PM

Now tweeted at http://twitter.com/chenx064/status/3195155931. Meow!

Posted by: Jim Chen | Aug 8, 2009 2:38:54 PM

Oh, my God. The lawyer is coming after the cats. This cat will be placed on a sex offender registry, and its life will be ruined.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 8, 2009 4:06:29 PM

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