Friday, August 28, 2009

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirms conviction for child pornography; defendant's claim that governments search of his computer that was hooked up peer to peer with other computers through Lime Wire program was not an illegal warrantless search. 083183P.pdf 08/14/2009 United States v. Harold Stults U.S. Court of Appeals Case No: 08-3183 District of Nebraska - Omaha [PUBLISHED] [Smith, Author, with Riley and Colloton, Circuit Judges] Criminal case - criminal law and sentencing. Users of peer-to-peer file sharing software like LimeWire do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in files they make available to others using the software, and the warrantless search of defendant's computer through LimeWire did not violate his Fourth Amendment rights; affidavit the police used to obtain a warrant to search defendant's home and seize his computer established probable cause to believe child pornography would be found; defendant's prior conviction for attempted sexual assault on a child was sufficient to invoke the ten-year mandatory minimum sentence under 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2252(b)(2); under this court's precedents, the district court did not err in applying the five-level enhancement under Guidelines Sec. 2G2.2(b)(3)(B) as the government produced sufficient circumstantial evidence to meet its burden of proving defendant expected to receive child pornography when he used LimeWire; sentence was not unreasonable; special conditions of supervised release which controlled defendant's contact with children, access to pornography and use of the Internet and cameras were related to his offense and were reasonable measures to protect the public.

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