Sentence comparisons

It is not unusual for possessors and receivers of CP to be placed on probation as the result of a state court conviction.  Here Professor Berman reports

Regular readers are familiar with persistent complaints about the severity of the federal child porn guidelines and the frequency with which federal judges impose below-guideline sentences in cases involving "mere" downloading of illegal images.  But it still seems rare for a federal child porn offender, especially one who possessed a lot of illegal images, gets a federal sentence of probation.  This local New Jersey story, however, seems to report on such a sentence: