DELETING INTERNET COOKIES BY USING “WASHING” PROGRAM WARRANTS SENTENCE ENHANCEMENT IN PORNOGRAPHY CASE

In U.S. v. Knighton, (U.S. Ct. App. 3d Cir., Jan. 23, 2009), the defendant appealed a criminal sentence imposed following his guilty plea in federal court to possession of child pornography. The defendant challenged the district court's two-level sentence enhancement, pursuant to U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual § 3C1.1, for obstruction of the investigation. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that such sentence enhancement was permissible under the circumstances.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Why did the court conclude that merely turning on a computer amounted to obstructing an investigation?
What were the specifics of the sentence enhancement in this case?
What does U.S.S.G. § 3C1.1 provide with respect to sentence enhancement?

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