High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has thrown out a nearly $3.4 million judgment against a man convicted of possessing two pornographic images of a child that have been seen by thousands of online viewers.

The justices said in a 5-4 ruling Wednesday that courts can order people convicted of child pornography to pay restitution to their victims, but only to the extent that there is a strong tie between the victim’s losses and the convicts’ actions.

Justice Anthony Kennedy said for the court that federal judges should exercise discretion in awarding restitution. The case involved a woman known as “Amy.” Doyle Randall Paroline was held liable by a federal appeals court for the nearly $3.4 million judgment associated with the ongoing Internet trade and viewing of images of Amy being raped by her uncle when she was 8 and 9 years old.

Associated Press

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