What: All Issues : Justice for All: Civil and Criminal : Punishment Fitting the Crime : H.R. 1104. Protections for Children/Vote to Impose Minimum Sentencing Guidelines and Thereby Reduce Judges' Discretion in Cases Involving Child Pornography and Sexual Abuse.
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H.R. 1104. Protections for Children/Vote to Impose Minimum Sentencing Guidelines and Thereby Reduce Judges' Discretion in Cases Involving Child Pornography and Sexual Abuse.
house Roll Call 87     Mar 27, 2003
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N = Progressive
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During House consideration of a bill to strengthen protections for children, Congressman Feeney (R-FL) proposed an amendment to limit the ability of the courts to depart from federal sentencing guidelines in cases involving child pornography and sexual abuse. Feeney's measure would also increase penalties for individuals who possess child pornography featuring violent conduct. Progressives opposed Feeney's effort because it would infringe on civil liberties and reduce the discretion of judges in assigning punishments for those convicted of crimes against children. The Feeney amendment was overwhelmingly supported and passed 357-58.

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