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Child pornography arrests skyrocket as penalties grow harsher

February 17, 2011
In the past five years, the number of prosecutions for child pornography has increased by nearly 40 percent as the sentences doled out by judges have become more severe. In recent years, however, many legal scholars and some judges have begun to question the wisdom of such harsh sentences. The dramatic upswing in cases began […]

Internet defamation case results in $400,000 jury verdict

February 17, 2011
A jury in Union County, Georgia recently returned a $404,000 verdict against a woman who posted false and malicious allegations on Topix.com against a man she barely knew. The woman, Sybil Denise Ballew, posted that Gene Cooley was a drug addict, criminal and pedophile among other things. The libelous postings on Topix.com, a community website, […]

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