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Weird Headline of the Day

Posted on | February 21, 2013 | 12 Comments

Your 14-Year-Old Daughter Is
Probably A Child Pornographer

Yeah, that got your attention in a hurry, didn’t it? It’s “Advice Goddess” Amy Alkon’s reaction to a report from Massachusetts about a prosecutor who is fed up with teenagers using cellphones to send each other naughty pictures of themselves:

“When they start sharing photos like this, we are going to start charging people with the manufacturing, dissemination and possession of child pornography, and they’re going to go to court.”

Shame on you for suspecting that Berkshire Second Assistant District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III‘s interest in the evidence of these crimes is not entirely a matter of professional duty.

Kids: Don’t send naked pictures to your friends. Your photos could end up on the hard drive of a prosecuting attorney’s computer.



12 Responses to “Weird Headline of the Day”

  1. smitty
    February 21st, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    It’s all a part of the Total Criminalization strategy. It’s a left-handed way of uniting us all. In crime. Sweet.

  2. OneEmi
    February 21st, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM Weird Headline of the Day #TCOT

  3. Finrod Felagund
    February 21st, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Three felonies a day per person, on average.

  4. McGehee
    February 21st, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    Yep. Too many laws + prosecutorial discretion = tyranny.

  5. Finrod Felagund
    February 21st, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Child pornography laws were written back when photography involved spending large amounts of time in darkrooms. The way they’re written, they don’t even consider the possibility that the person taking the picture of the nude minor is the minor themselves, so laws that were intended to keep adult perverts off the street are being applied to the kids, which is just insane. It’s impossible to write laws to protect kids from pornographers when the kids are the pornographers.

  6. Kevin Trainor Jr.
    February 21st, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    Kevin Trainor Jr. liked this on Facebook.

  7. Steve Skubinna
    February 21st, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    Think this is bad? Wait till some kid sends a pic of himself holding a toy gun in his undies. He’ll be riddled by the SWAT team.

  8. BruceC
    February 21st, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

    Consider this in the light of statutory rape laws. How can someone who cannot “consent” to actual sex because of their age, and could in fact have actual sex without legal risk to themselves, be charged with a crime like this. I know that our legal system is not long on consistency. But this is just nuts.

  9. Alan Kellogg
    February 21st, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

    Instead of housing all those delinquent kids, how about spending the money on maintaining infrastructure?

  10. Adjoran
    February 22nd, 2013 @ 12:45 am

    I recently read an article which claimed that most of the photos on legal, “soft” kiddie porn sites were lifted from Facebook and taken by the girls themselves.

  11. Adjoran
    February 22nd, 2013 @ 12:46 am

    Glenn Reynolds has a journal article on that subject, “Due Process When Everything is Criminal” or something like that.

  12. Andrew Patrick
    February 22nd, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    As my students say, creepers gonna creep.