CAAF decides Beaty

CAAF has issued its opinion in United States v. Beaty.

Basically the court holds that the maximum punishment for possession of child pornography in cartoon, virtual, or anything other than real life is four months and a similar term in forfeitures.  The federal statute does not criminalize such conduct therefore there’s no federal punishment for the “offense.”  Thus you have to punish as a general disorder or neglect under Article 134, UCMJ.

Stand by for some statutory or regulatory “fix.”

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