Tag Archives: punishment

Pack It Up

My brother said it would get harder before it gets easier, and I’m beginning to realize he was right. Seven months ago, I thought that telling my parents I was being charged with possession of child pornography would be the … Continue reading

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Addiction

My probation officer came by last week for the first time since my sentencing. He had felt the five-year statutory minimum was already harsh and was surprised to learn I had received 12 years. “Our justice system isn’t perfect,” he … Continue reading

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Judgment

My lawyer sent me a copy of the Judgment today. The seven-page document is a summary of my sentence and includes the length of my imprisonment, conditions of supervised release, and any imposed monetary fines. I was sentenced to a … Continue reading

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The Sentence

I asked my brother that morning if he thought the weather was indicative of the punishment that lie ahead. It certainly was a fitting backdrop. The sky was solid gray and the threat of rain was imminent. When we arrived … Continue reading

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The Flawed Progression of Child Pornography Sentencing Guidelines

In a previous entry, I wrote about the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for child pornography. Recently, I read a 2009 report written by federal public defender, Troy Stabenow, entitled, Deconstructing the Myth of Careful Study: A Primer on the Flawed Progression … Continue reading

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Final Session

Yesterday was my third and final visit with the psychotherapist. At the end of our session, he said he had collected enough information for his evaluation and would have a report delivered to my lawyer within a day or two. … Continue reading

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Five to Twenty

Yesterday I received a postcard in the mail from the city police department alerting me that a high-risk sex offender recently moved into the neighborhood. It’s the first time I’ve ever received such a notice, and the timing is ironic. … Continue reading

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