Pa. child porn suspect’s piling on appeal denied

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a western Pennsylvania man’s 50-year prison sentence for collecting child pornography, saying prosecutors didn’t prejudice the jury by showing them some of the images.

Thirty-six-year-old Craig Alan Finley’s attorneys argued a federal court jury in Erie was prejudiced last year when prosecutors showed them 16 exhibits containing child pornography. They contend the images made some jurors cry and were “over the top.”

But the Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/16kam2Z ) reports Wednesday that the appeals court rejected that argument, and another in which Finley claimed a child wasn’t exploited because he was sleeping when his abuse was recorded.

The court found it would be “absurd” to assume Congress meant to protect children “actively involved in sexually explicit conduct” but not those taken advantage of while asleep.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com

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