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Single Word Frees Child Pornographer

The New York Times <A


that a child pornographer’s ten-year prison sentence was thrown out because

of a single word in the law:

The law said that defendants like Mr. Pabon, who was convicted two years

ago of advertising to receive or distribute child pornography over the

Internet, should be fined or receive a mandatory minimum sentence of 10

years “and both.”

The appeals court said this language “makes no sense.”

We are reminded once again that opponents of official English are expecting

our government to function in over 300 languages while our government is

doing its best, not always successfully, to function in just one.


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