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Federal Child Pornography Sentencing Update

I recently had a client sentenced in United States District Court in Portland in a child pornography case I have been working on since 2011.  The case involved in excess of 18,000 images and videos containing child pornography.  Our client, a retired executive, faced federal sentencing guidelines between 78 and 97 months in prison.

We spent a lot of time arguing how the guidelines were unfair.  Ultimately, the Court agreed to grant a below the guidelines sentence of 36 months.  We argued that the guidelines we inherently unreasonable and particularly unreasonable as applied to our client.

Remember, this is federal court, not state court.  Federal court is a totally different animal with criminal cases, and especially child pornography cases.  Sentences are very high. This was a very good result for our client, ultimately.

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