January 8, 2013 Comments Off on Seeking Justice for Child Pornography Victims
SEEKING JUSTICE FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VICTIMS: Marsh Law Firm Teams up with Freeman Lewis LLP in Novel Federal Lawsuit Under Masha’s Law
By James R. Marsh January 4, 2013
Marsh Law Firm PLLC partnered with Freeman Lewis LLC to file a lawsuit today on behalf of a victim of child pornography seeking damages from a defendant who was convicted of transporting child pornography in violation of federal criminal law. The civil lawsuit, “Amy” v. Joshua Osmun Kennedy, was filed in the federal district court for the Western District of Washington.
The civil complaint seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as costs and attorneys’ fees under 18 U.S.C. § 2255 (Masha’s Law) and 18 U.S.C. § 2252A.
To protect the victim’s privacy, a motion was filed to permit the plaintiff to proceed under the pseudonym “Amy”. A motion was also filed seeking pre-judgment attachment of the defendant’s property to prevent the dissipation of the defendant’s assets.
During the defendant’s criminal trial, a forensic expert testified that the defendant had viewed and accumulated over 5,000 images of child pornography during a two-year period when the defendant frequently accessed websites containing child pornography….
Utilizing a rarely used federal statute known as Masha’s Law, which Marsh Law Firm helped draft, this lawsuit is the first in a series of lawsuits designed to disrupt and frustrate the growing market for child sex abuse images and videos by making those who deal in this material liable to the victims of this terrible crime. http://www.childlaw.us/2013/01/seeking-justice-for-child-porn.html
Federal civil complaint in “Amy” v. Joshua Osmun Kennedy, Western District of Washington, Case 13-cv-17 filed January 4, 2013 http://www.scribd.com/doc/119359382/Amy-v-Joshua-Osmun-Kennedy-Complaint-Case-13-cv-17