United States v. Williams, No. 10-10550 (9th Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Defendant plead guilty to possession of child pornography. At issue on appeal was whether 18 U.S.C. 2251(d)(1)(A) required an individual to personally produce the sexually explicit visual depictions of minors that he advertised for distribution. The court held that the plain language of the statute did not contain a personal production requirement, and nothing in the tense of the wording evidenced a congressional intent to insert such an element. Accordingly, the district court properly denied defendant's motion to dismiss the indictment.