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ACLU Lawyer Convicted of Child Porn Possession

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By Hilary White

  ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, September 11, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Charles Rust-Tierney, an attorney who served as the president of the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1993 to 2005, was arrested February 23, 2007 and charged with possession of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography, was convicted and on September 8, was sentenced to seven years in prison.

  Tierney had downloaded and paid for what the judge called "abhorrent" child pornography including torture and sexual assaults on children as young as 6. Police found 850 still images and 36 videos on his computer. The sentence is a year less than the minimum recommended by federal sentencing guidelines.

  Rust-Tierney expressed regret, saying, "I know what I have done is wrong, morally and legally. My conduct in paying the producers of this material is reprehensible. I am filled with contrition, remorse and shame."

  Social and political conservatives in the US have long objected that the ACLU is the political lobby of the extreme left, and has made the suppression of public expressions of religion, particularly conservative Christianity, the main focus of its work. It lists among its goals the defence of "reproductive rights," including contraception and abortion; full recognition of homosexual partnerings as equal to natural marriage.

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