I am pissed off

Which normally happens so rarely it practically never happens. Maybe I’m just in a very receptive frame of mind ATM, but this is seriously making me want to go out and murder someone.
The rub:

No real children were involved and no sexual abuse occurred — Handley’s crime was owning explicit cartoons, and he now faces the same punishment as someone with actual child porn. That means he could get up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for owning drawings. Gross drawings, for sure, but drawings nonetheless.
Despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled this sort of thing is unconstitutional because it outlaws “speech that records no crime and creates no victims by its production,” the PROTECT Act of 2003 — another gift from George W. Bush — says pretty much the opposite, and now the law can no longer tell the difference between buying videos of children getting raped and ordering a dirty book.

~ by Shadowbird on 2009-05-27.

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