AL - Michael Mitchell for child pornography, Chickasaw, 2011

Discussion in 'Recently Sentenced and Beyond' started by Missizzy, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    I was going to let this one go. We don't have a previous thread on this guy and he's not in the helping professions. After I read the article, I knew we needed a thread. The judge's comments about sentencing are interesting and the defense attorney's reasoning more than a bit skewed. The personal reference for this POSSESSOR OF CHILD PORN is gob-smackingly shocking.

    Stellar work history? Reminds me of the Mohler guys and how nice they kept their lawns or Kent Frandsen and how he said hi to the neighbors when he walked his dog.

    Mitchell is sorry this all happened. What, getting caught?

    http://blog.al.com/live/2011/11/chickasaw_man_gets_8_years_for.html

    Chickasaw man gets 8 years for 'horrifying' pictures and videos of child pornography
    November 20, 2011

    "A Chickasaw man caught with thousands of images of child pornography on his home computer will go to prison for 8 years, a federal judge in Mobile ruled last week. Michael Elbert Mitchell faced a mandatory-minimum prison sentence of 5 years in prison for distribution of child pornography. Advisory sentencing guidelines called for a prison term of at least 17½ years.
    U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose said she has struggled over what constitutes a fair sentence for child pornography, one that addresses the seriousness of the offense but is not excessive. She said she has researched many child pornography cases to get a sense of how federal judges treat the crime across the country...."

    and

    "...investigators found 219 videos on the defendant’s computer — including one showing the rape of a 6-year-old — and nearly 7,000 illicit pictures. Costello said Mitchell used a file-sharing program to trade images with users around the world. “The material itself is horrifying,” he [Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Costello] said. “He was part of this market. ... There are thousands and thousands of children who were abused so that he could be entertained

    and

    "...Defense attorney Walter Honeycutt said extremely long prison sentences have not prevented others from downloading child pornography. He compared it to the futility of crack cocaine sentences, which Congress recently moved to shorten. He agreed the pictures and videos on his client’s computer were bad, but added, “He didn’t make those images. He looked at them....”

    and

    "....Mitchell got a vote of support from TT, the general manager of L.A. Co., where the defendant has worked for 27 years. “He’s just had a stellar work history with us,” Tatum said. “He was a great employee....”

    and

    "....“I would never touch a child,” he [Mitchell] said. “I love children. I love laughter. I’m just sorry this all happened

    more at link (plus "happy guy" mug shot)
     
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  3. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    Oh where to start?!? Responses in purple are mine.


     

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