Federal report will decide if child pornography sentencing is too severe

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Sex crimes legal experts are anticipating an upcoming report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission regarding harsh sentencing of child pornography offenders. Defense attorneys and many federal judges have long argued that punishment for child porn possession or distribution has grown far out of proportion to other crimes. [...]

- The average sentence for a federal conviction for a child pornography crime in 2010 was exceeded only by murder and kidnapping, and was even higher than sentences for acts of sexual abuse [...]
- In a commission survey, 70 percent of federal judges said that sentences proposed by federal guidelines were excessive

source: Article 'Federal Report Will Decide if Child Pornography Sentencing is Too Severe'; Article provided by Law Office of John Freeman; uspolitics.einnews.com/247pr/281151; US Politics Today; 19 May 2012