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July 22, 2011

Two Seventh Circuit opinions reject efforts to assail lengthy child porn and child enticement sentences

The Seventh Circuit today issued a pair of rulings affirming lengthy sentences over various objections for two men who have now learned the hard way that federal law provides severe punishment for making bad use of a computer.

US v. Brucker, No. 10-3057 (7th Cir. July 22, 2011) (available here), rejects a series of creative constitutional challenges to the 10-year mandatory minimum prison term imposed on a 62-year-old man who sought to hook-up with a 15-year-old "Lisa," who turned out to be "in fact an online persona for a deputy in the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office."

US v. Adams, No. 10-2968 (7th Cir. July 22, 2011) (available here), rejects a series of not-so-creative reasonableness challenges to the 15-year (below-guideline) prison term impose on 38-year-old Air Force veteran man who traded lots of awful kiddie porn via the Limewire program.

I am not sure there is anything all that legally notable about these two opinions, but I cannot help but note how mundane these offenders and their significant sentences now appear to anyone who follows federal sex offender prosecution and sentencing.

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This is my circuit and hard to argue with the results the 7th Cir reached in either case. The district court's sentence in Adams is not substantively unreasonable but still on the harsh side given the strong mitigation and lack of many aggravating factors often seen in CP cases.

Posted by: Steve Prof | Jul 22, 2011 3:18:16 PM

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