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US v. Heckman, No. 08-3844

District court's conviction of defendant for transporting child pornography and sentence to 180 months' imprisonment followed by a lifetime term of supervised release is affirmed in part and reversed in part where: 1) district court's imposition of an unconditional lifetime ban on Internet access is vacated as the ban involved a greater deprivation of liberty than is reasonably necessary; 2) district court did not commit plain error in imposing defendant's mental health condition of supervised release; and 3) defendant's "no minors" condition is vacated as it is an impermissible delegation of authority to the Probation Office and thus constitutes plain error.    

Read US v. Heckman, No. 08-3844

Appellate Information

On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Opinion Filed January 11, 2010


Before: Rendell, Ambro, and Weis, Circuit Judges

Opinion by Circuit Judge Ambro


For Appellant:   Christy Unger, Assistant Federal Defender

For Appellee:  Robert A. Zauzmer, Assistant US Attorney