Solving kid porn's 'real' problem

Tuesday, 4 June 2002, 3:12 PM EST

In the aftermath of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that computer-generated images of minors engaged in sexual acts are not illegal and are in fact protected by the First Amendment, some prosecutors and police investigators have found themselves at a loss for how to proceed in child porn cases.

More suspects are claiming that the seemingly illicit pictures and videos found on their hard drives are ersatz, police say. And an Illinois man who had already pleaded guilty to possessing 2,600 images of kiddie porn was freed from jail when a judge ruled that the state's law was unconstitutional because it failed to distinguish between real and fake porn.

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