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Court Ruling Benefits Child Rights and Those Seeking Restitution to Victims of Child Pornography

By Robert Chaiken, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A recent court ruling may make it easier for victims of child pornography to receive restitution from those convicted of possessing child pornographic images. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal restitution law generally does not require victims to detail how an individual defendant harmed them in order to get compensation, a ruling different from previous court holdings. However, legal experts are saying that the issue will probably end up having to be answered by the U.S. Supreme Court because of the disagreement among courts. In the Texas case, a woman sought compensation from an East Texas man who was previously convicted of possession images of child pornography. If you would like to read more see Federal Appellate Court ruling may make it easier for victims of child pornography to receive restitution.

By limiting the burden of proof as to damages suffered by a victim of child pornography will put more teeth into the law and help victims pursue damages more easily for the violation of their rights.