Federal Court Reinstates Child Porn Conviction

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the conviction of a Mississippi man on federal child pornography charges.

A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit issued the decision Tuesday.

In 2012, James William Smith sought a new trial in a child pornography case arguing that the court made numerous errors. Instead, U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen, Miss., threw out the conviction and acquitted Smith of the charges.

Smith had been convicted of one count of possessing child pornography. The indictment in the case said Smith had movies of child porn on his work computer in Tupelo in 2011.

Aycock said the government failed to prove Smith knew the images were on the computer.

The 5th Circuit panel says the evidence supported the Mississippi jury's verdict.


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