The growing trend of prosecutors bringing child pornography charges against minors for posting nude pictures of themselves online
gets noticed by the Daily News
, which covers one such prosecution of a 14-year-old in Jersey. The case is notable for being the first one such to involve MySpace, and for being opposed by Maureen Kanka
, whose child's murder led to Megan's Law, a well-known child-protection ordinance. "This shouldn't fall under Megan's Law in any way, shape or form," said Kanka. "The only person she exploited was herself."
Word of these prosecutions is spreading and, as we pointed out earlier, the ACLU and teens are starting to fight back. But as long as people consider "Won't somebody please think of the children!" an unanswerable argument against civil liberties, we imagine D.A.s will continue to pitch these things until the Supreme Court has to step in, in which case we look forward to hearing Clarence Thomas' decision.