13 Nov Appellate court affirms $300,000 judgment for morphing G-rated child images into sexual ones.
Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a $300,000 civil judgment against lawyer-expert witness Dean Boland for having helped a child pornography defendant by morphing G-rated stock pictures of two children into sexual images. Doe, et al. v. Boland, ___ F.3d ___ (6th Cir., Nov. 9, 2012).
First Amendment and other defenses failed, with the Court pointing out that Boland could have reached his same goal, undiluted, by morphing images of adults.
I have not read the whole opinion, but plan to do so soon.
Wired provides further background on this story, including earlier efforts — later tabled — to prosecute Dean Boland for child pornography over his morphed images, and the success his morphed images may have had in the court results of the criminal defendant involved.