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Criminal Practice: Innocent Man Finally Vindicated on Child Porn Charge

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/24/unsecured-wifi-child-pornography-innocent_n_852996.html

I have heard about such occurrences way too often.  A former investigator first advised me of the ability of others to hack into the unsecured Wi-Fi of innocent users.  Also, there have been several cases involved innocent Internet users at file sharing sites (the most frequent example I have heard is the now/soon-to-be-defunct LimeWire) having their systems co-opted by (to adopt a commonly-used, albeit overgeneralized phrase) pedophiles who are able to place some type of malicious code on the innocent user’s computer, and then to use that computer to funnel child porn.  Too often, law enforcement and prosecutors have been too ready to jump into prosecuting, without taking the necessary time and effort to fully investigate these matters prior to destroying the life of the individual.  Don’t get me wrong — there are plenty of legitimate cases targeting those in possession of, or transmitting child porn. However, there are also cases where — as in the article linked above — the innocent end up becoming ensnared in something from which extrication is difficult, if not impossible.

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