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Rarely has conduct at a hockey game exposed such an interesting constitutional feature of federal criminal law.

Randy Johnson was taking photographs at a hockey game in Des Moines, Iowa. He was a professional photographer. His assistant, Dawn, was helping by removing memory cards from Mr. Johnson’s cameras and transferring the photographs on those memory cards onto his laptop.

3242189359_9162462285While she was downloading and organizing his photographs, she noticed a folder labeled “girls”. They appeared to be photographs of girls – not women referred to in a mildly sexist way. Without going into details, photographs of such a nature as those are illegal to possess.