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Accused Child Pornographer Can’t Ask Jury to Ignore Law

Dec. 18, 2019, 7:43 PM

An accused child pornographer facing a mandatory 15-year sentence can’t ask the jury to nullify the charges against him on a theory that the sentence doesn’t fit his case, the Second Circuit said Dec. 18.

Yehudi Manzano filmed himself with his phone having consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl. She knew the video was being made, Manzano tried to delete it, and he never showed it to anyone.

The district court granted Manzano’s request to argue for jury nullification, saying the mandatory sentence didn’t fit the facts of his case, the Second Circuit said in an opinion by Judge Richard...

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