Court hears case on child porn victim restitution

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that asks whether a victim of child pornography can seek millions of dollars from a defendant who had just two images of her on his computer.

The woman known only as Amy is trying to persuade the justices in arguments Wednesday that people convicted of possessing child pornography should be held liable for the entire cost of the harm their victims suffer, including in psychiatric care, lost income and legal fees.

Defendant Doyle Randall Paroline is appealing a court order holding him responsible for the nearly $3.4 million judgment associated with the ongoing Internet trade and viewing of pornographic images of Amy as a child.

Also Wednesday, the high court is expected to issue opinions in cases heard in the fall.

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