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      High court tosses $3.4 million award to child porn victim

      The Supreme Court has tossed out a $3.4 million award granted by lower courts to a child porn victim.

      MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

      WASHINGTON (AP) ?? The Supreme Court has thrown out a nearly $3.4 million judgment against a man convicted of possessing two pornographic images of a child that have been seen by thousands of online viewers.

      The justices said in a 5-4 ruling Wednesday that courts can order people convicted of child pornography to pay restitution to their victims, but only to the extent that there is a strong tie between the victim's losses and the convicts' actions.

      Justice Anthony Kennedy said for the court that federal judges should exercise discretion in awarding restitution. The case involved a woman known as "Amy." Doyle Randall Paroline was held liable by a federal appeals court for the nearly $3.4 million judgment associated with the ongoing Internet trade and viewing of images of Amy being raped by her uncle when she was 8 and 9 years old.

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