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By aphrael (Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 09:38:26 PM EST) (all tags)
One of the best parts of studying law are the cases involving stupid criminals. Sometimes it seems as if criminal law is less a means to punish the guilty and more a tax imposed upon the stupid.

One story from recent first amendment law, below the break. WARNING: involves child pornography.

[Excerpted from United States v. Williams, handed down last year. Paragraph breaks and emphasis added by me.]

On April 26, 2004, respondent Michael Williams, using a sexually explicit screen name, signed into a public Internet chat room. A Secret Service agent had also signed in to the chat room under the moniker "Lisa n Miami."

The agent noticed that Williams had posted a message that read "Dad of toddler has 'good' pics of her an [sic] me for swap of your toddler pics, or live cam." The agent struck up a conversation with Williams, leading to an electronic exchange of nonpornographic pictures of children. (The agent's picture was in fact a doctored photograph of children).

Soon thereafter, Williams messaged that he had photographs of men molesting his 4-year old daughter. Suspicious that "Lisa n Miami" was a law-enforcement agent, before proceeding further Williams demanded that the agent produce additional pictures. When he did not, Williams posted the following public message in the chat room: "HERE ROOM; I CAN PUT UPLINK CUZ IM FOR REAL--SHE CAN'T." Appended to this was a hyperlink that, when clicked, led to seven pictures of actual children, aged approximately 5 to 15, engaged in sexually explicit conduct and displaying their genitals. The Secret Service then obtained a search warrant for Williams' home, where agents seized two hard drives containing at least 22 images of real children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, some of it sadomasochistic.


So let me get this straight. Afraid that Lisa was a narc, he decided to warn the rest of the group by posting images where the woman he thought was a narc could see them.


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Ah the internet by duxup (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Apr 24, 2009 at 12:17:18 AM EST
1. 1up the person next to you if at all possible.
2. Go to jail.

The secret service looks for child pornography? by garlic (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Apr 24, 2009 at 08:12:19 AM EST
I thought they were all about protecting the president and counterfeiting.

Yeah, that's strange by fluffy (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Apr 24, 2009 at 06:40:22 PM EST
I thought kiddie porn was the FBI's, er, beat.

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