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Child Pornography victims can get restitution

Posted: Updated: Oct 1, 2012 03:55 PM

NEW ORLEANS, La., (KNOE 8 News) - A federal appeals court in New Orleans has ruled that victims of child pornography can recover restitution from people convicted of viewing images of their abuse without showing a link between the crime and their injuries.

The court held that child pornography victims aren't required under federal law to prove that their losses were the "proximate result" of a defendant's crime before they can receive restitution from that person.

The decision, however, does conflict with rulings on the same legal question by other federal circuits.

The 5th Circuit in New Orleans ruled that a woman identified only as "Amy" is entitled to restitution from an east Texas man and a New Orleans man who pleaded guilty in separate cases to possessing child pornography.

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