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Illinois Supreme Ct: Sex with 17-yr old legal, pictures still child porn

posted by Donna Calvin

Watchwoman: The USA is sinking deeper and deeper into sinful acts that used to not only be illegal but were considered so reprehensible no decent man or woman engaged in them.  Because we have defiled the land with the wanton sin of abortion, God is forsaking us and allowing the USA to fall deeper and deeper into apostasy.  Read Deuteronomy 28 to see what happens to a nation that defiles the land with sin!  Regarding the story below about a 32 year-old man, Marshall Hollins, who is  serving an 8-year prison sentence for child pornography, for photographing himself having sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend in 2009 — not for statutory rape. I am confident that coming soon in the future the USA will be doing away with child pornography laws — and he will be released from jail (as he has appealed to be freed — as he already came close to exactly that end).  — Lowering the age of children downward from being classified as illegal porn is looming on  the horizon, just like the Illinois Supreme Court has lowered the age of statutory rape in Hollins’ case raising the cause of appeal to say that the pictures were no worse than the act and he’s not been incarcerated for that.  Obviously, that’s where the reprobate activists judges and money-grubbing, moral-less lawyers will start — and  — just wait — you’ll see — no more jail time for child pornographers and child rapers — and don’t say I didn’t warn you.  In coming years, they’ll be no Jerry Sandusky trials.  It will all be legal.  Remember the words in the Gay Manifesto

“We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies.  We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together.  Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding.  They will be recast in our image.  They will come to crave and adore us.” ▬ The opening paragraph of a Gay Manifesto, written by homosexual activists Michael Swift and first published in the Gay Community News in February of 1987.

▬  Donna Calvin

 

Ill. Supreme Court: Sex With 17-Year-Old Was Legal, Pictures Were Not

June 21, 2012 3:15 PM

 

Marshall Hollins (current age 35) is serving an 8-year prison sentence for child pornography, for photographing himself having sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend in 2009. The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled, even though she was old enough to legally consent to sex, it was still illegal to photograph someone under the age of 18 engaged in a sexual act. (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) – In a case that highlights one of the unusual incongruities of state laws, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a downstate man didn’t commit a crime when he had sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend, but he did break the law when he took pictures of them in the act.

Marshall Hollins was arrested in downstate Freeport in March 2009, and charged with three counts of child pornography after photographing himself having sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend, but he was not charged with statutory rape, since the age of consent for sex in Illinois is 17. But, in Illinois, it is illegal to photograph anyone under the age of 18 engaged in a sexual act.

After a bench trial later that year, Hollins — who was 32 at the time — was convicted and sentenced to 8 years in prison, but he appealed his conviction.

In a 5-2 ruling on Thursday, the high court upheld his conviction and sentence.

Police began investigating Hollins after the girl’s mother complained about Hollins having sex with the girl. Hollins was 32 at the time and already a registered sex offender. She also showed police four or five pictures that Hollins had emailed to her daughter, showing them having sex.

Hollins admitted taking the pictures of himself having sex with the girl, using his cell phone, and acknowledged he knew the girl was 17 when they had sex.

Hollins’ attorneys argued the state’s child pornography statute is unconstitutional, claiming that applying the law to someone old enough to legally consent to sex does nothing to protect them from exploitation or abuse.

But prosecutors argued the child pornography statute was designed to protect children from the psychological and emotional harm that could result from distributing photos of their sexual activity.

Writing for the majority, Justice Rita Garman said the majority of the high court agreed with prosecutors, holding “there are rational, reasonable arguments in support of having a higher age threshold for appearance in pornography than for consent to sexual activity.”

They further argued that the consequences for sex are more concrete and apparent to teenagers than the dangers of appearing in pornographic photos or videos.

“Memorialization of the sexual act makes permanent an intimate encounter that can then be distributed to third parties. These concerns are exacerbated in the modern digital age, where once a picture or video is uploaded to the Internet, it can never be completely erased or eradicated,” the court wrote. “It will always be out there, hanging over the head of the person depicted performing the sexual act.”

Hollins had argued the photos were meant to be kept private, but the court noted that there is no guarantee the photos would always remain private.

Two justices – Anne Burke and Charles Freeman – dissented, arguing that, since the sex itself was consensual and legal, the photographs Hollins took were also legal.

Read More: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/06/21/ill-supreme-court-sex-with-17-year-old-was-legal-pictures-were-not/

 

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