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IL Supreme Court Upholds 8-Year Sentence for Taking Pictures of Legal Sex

• Reason magazine
Last year Radley Balko described the case of Eric Rinehart, a former Indiana cop who was convicted of manufacturing child pornography based on video and photographs of two teenagers with whom he was having sex. Although both girls were above 16, Indiana's age of consent for sex, they were below 18, the federal age of consent for appearing in sexually explicit images—a two-year difference that resulted in a 15-year sentence for Rinehart. A recent decision by the Illinois Supreme Court hinges on the same sort of difference in ages of consent, and the incongruity is even more striking because in this case both ages were set by state law.

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Comment by Olde Reb
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 how is it that the state can set the age for the federal crime ?

Comment by Powell Gammill
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How does a Illinois Court accept and try anyone on a federal law?

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