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SCOTUS Rules Limited Restitution Child Porn Victims

In a 5-4 decision Wednesday, the court ruled lower courts could decide on restitution for the victims.

The U.S. Supreme Court makes it somewhat easier for victims of child pornography to recover damages.

In a 5-4 decision Wednesday, the court ruled lower courts could decide on restitution for the victims.

But that the financial award must be based on certain criteria.

Awards should be tied to the "proximate" harm inflicted by the sexual predator.

And the harm caused by those who later download and view the resulting pictures online.

The case involves a woman named "Amy."

"Amy" was raped by her uncle when she was eight.

He videotaped the abuse.

The images were then widely distributed by child predators online.

The uncle was sentenced to prison for the crime but the images of "Amy's" abuse have remained on the web ever since.

At issue in this current case was how much should a convicted predator have to pay for possessing the images of "Amy."

The court left it up to the lower court to decide the award.

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