Backlash grows at N.Y. ruling on viewing of child porn
In the wake of a New York court ruling that says it’s not illegal to “merely” view online child pornography, child advocates are urging Internet-savvy federal prosecutors to take over these kinds of cases as two state lawmakers rush to fix the law.
It is “a singular outrage that the highest court in New York has decriminalized the act of viewing child pornography by computer,” Patrick Trueman, president and chief executive of Morality in Media, said after the May 8 ruling by the New York Court of Appeals.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/201 ... hild-porn/“Child pornography is highly offensive” and it “should not matter if you view it, read it or download it. Simply the fact that you are viewing it is a crime, and New York should treat it as such,” said Mr. Golden.
Huh...well... in my view, the court decision is correct.
One, "viewing" it -- well, what if you're bopping along the internet, putting in a little wank time, and some image pops up on a page that appears slightly off in this respect. Some images I've run across have seemed questionable, to say the least. I don't like them, thankfully. But, I would hate to be a criminal just because I "viewed" an image by mistake.
Two, "reading" child pornography? So, if someone writes their fantasies down, and someone else reads it, that's going to be a crime? That ought to be a concern to psychologists and psychiatrists out there. What's next? "Listening" to someone recite a child porn fantasy is going to be a crime?
I mean -- creating child porn, sex with minors, the act of filming minors, etc. All that sort of thing ought to be dealt with. But, the idea of criminalizing someone whose eyes run across the page or the screen, that seems to me to be a bit much.
What say you all?