In New York MMA Is Illegal But Viewing Child Pornography Online Is Not

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the man who prevented MMA from getting a vote this year.

In what most will consider an infuriating move, the New York Court Of Appeals made a ruling yesterday that states the viewing of child pornography online is no longer a criminal offense. That's right, viewing child pornography online is now legal in NY, but MMA isn't.

The National Post reported on the ruling in question today. The ruling is directly linked to a 2009 case involving college professor James D. Kent, who was sentenced to prison for several counts of possessing a sexual performance of a child and promoting a sexual performance of a child. The appeals court dismissed one count of promoting and one count of possession due to the fact that the images were only viewed online, and not downloaded. Current law states that viewing the image on the internet does not constitute possession, and is therefore not illegal.


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I can't help but be appalled at this, especially in light of the fact that after so much hard work and steps in the right direction to legalize MMA in the empire state, the powers that be shut it down without even a backwards glance.

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