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Expert Witness Lawyer Morphed Stock Photos Into Alleged Child Porn for Exhibits, Told to Pay $300K

Posted Oct 21, 2011 9:03 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A lawyer who digitally altered stock photographs of children into explicit images to help in the defense of child pornography cases in Ohio and Oklahoma has himself been found to have crossed the line and ordered by a federal court yesterday to pay $300,000 in damages.

The judgment against attorney Dean Boland of Ohio was entered on behalf of unidentified children whose stock photos he used in court exhibits, reports Bloomberg.

“The court concludes that a constitutionally effective defense to a child pornography charge does not include the right to victimize additional minors by creating new child pornography in the course of preparing and presenting a defense,” wrote U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in the Cleveland, Ohio, case.

Boland maintains that he had a constitutional right to do what he did and said he plans to appeal.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Lawyer Acting as Expert Witness Violated Child Porn Law With Court Exhibits, 6th Circuit Rules"

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