Child Pornography & Internet Laws – Maryland Lawyers

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Dixon v. State

Facts:

Defendant was granted direct review of a judgment of the Circuit Court of Baltimore (Maryland) convicting him of violating Md. Code Ann., Crim. § 11-207(a)(3) (2002 & 2004 Cum. Supp.) after he was found in possession of child pornography images downloaded from the internet on his computer. He argued that the conduct in which he admitted having engaged did not fall under the prohibition of the laws.

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Child Pornography Internet Laws Maryland Harford
Child Pornography Internet Laws Maryland Harford

Holdings:

The Maryland Court made the following holding:
  • For purposes of interpreting child pornography statutes, “depict” is defined as either to form a likeness of by drawing or painting or to represent, portray, or delineate in other ways than in drawing or painting. “Describe” means to represent by words written or spoken for the knowledge or understanding of others. The definitions indicate that the terms denote creative acts. Artists and artisans form a likeness by drawing or painting–they depict. Poets, narrators, and orators represent, portray, or delineate–they depict–and represent by words–they describe. A person who photographs or films pornographic images of a child, who captures such images directly into a computer by means of a digital camera or who first translates a motion picture or photograph of such images into a computer file is engaged in a creative act even though the perverse, heinous, and cruel nature of this creative act differentiates it from the creative acts that society values and tolerates.
  • A violation of Md. Code Ann., Crim. § 11-207(a) (2002 & 2004 Cum. Supp.) is a felony, and, upon conviction, a defendant is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years and a fine for the first offense, and imprisonment not exceeding 20 years and a fine for each subsequent violation. § 11-207(b).

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