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Judge speaks out against new minimum sentencing law for child pornography

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FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - At least one Wisconsin judge is speaking out against a relatively new state law that requires at least a three-year prison sentence for possessing child pornography.

Assembly Republican Mark Honadel of South Milwaukee proposed the measure because he thought judges were letting too many offenders off easy.

But Fond du Lac County Circuit Judge Peter Grimm says those types of minimum sentences “fly in the face” of the training judges receive to issue sentences that are based on the facts of a particular case. And Grimm told the Fond du Lac Reporter, “Judges should not be locked into a minimum sentence because the Legislature wants to be tough on crime.”

Assembly Republican Jeremy Thiesfeldt of Fond du Lac said the law gives more consistent sentences to those committing the same crimes.

But defense lawyer Michael O’Rourke says he doesn’t like the one-size-fits-all approach. He said a 63-year-old with a clean record who inadvertently clicks onto a child porn site should be treated differently than those who actively seek child porn. 

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