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Supreme Court Ruling on Virtual Porn

April 22, 2002

The Supreme Court has correctly, if surprisingly, ruled that we cannot be prosecuted for what happens in our imaginations (April 17). It's a good thing; I'd have been jailed at 12 for my fantasized revenges against schoolyard bullies.

Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft complains that the rulings will make his prosecutions "immeasurably more difficult." But that's the point. It's supposed to be immeasurably difficult to prosecute people who have committed no crime. The way our country works, you don't get to put people in jail just because you don't like them. Most of us learned that in elementary school. Perhaps Ashcroft would benefit from a refresher course in constitutional law.

Geoffrey H. Kuenning

Claremont

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So the Supreme Court has made it legal to own or sell images of computer-created children having sex with adults and each other. I don't think this is what our forefathers had in mind when they created the 1st Amendment.

Alethea Guthrie

Malibu

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