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Modern Federal Jury Instructions-Criminal
Copyright 2017, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group.

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Child Pornography


John S. Siffert;Jed. S. Rakoff;Steven A. Reiss;Walter P. Loughlin;and Steven W. Allen

Chapter Summary


During a federal criminal trial in which the defendant is charged with a possessing or trafficking child pornography, or employing a minor to create child pornography, it is important that the jury be given concise instructions explaining the elements that the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt in order for the jury to find the defendant guilty as charged.

This chapter from Modern Federal Jury Instructions provides form jury instructions designed for use in cases in which the defendant is charged with violating one or more federal laws prohibiting child pornography.

It includes distinct sets of jury instructions to be used in cases in which the defendant is charged with: (1) employing a minor to produce child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251(a)(1); or (2) trafficking in or possession of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2252 or 2252A.

The chapter includes extensive discussion of related cases and authority.

Modern Federal Jury Instructions is a comprehensive 8 volume set of form jury instructions that practitioners can use to minimize errors and focus the jury's deliberations in a wide variety of criminal cases (Vols. 1-3) and civil actions (Vols. 4-5) in federal court. Three bonus volumes contain Pattern Jury Instructions for most Federal Circuit Courts and the Federal Judicial Center. Each form instruction is written in plain English and is followed by citations to relevant authority and explanatory analysis. Frequent cross-references to recommended jury instructions contained in the bonus volumes are a particularly helpful feature. Practitioners will find Modern Federal Jury Instructions to be useful not only at trial, but also when drafting pleadings to ensure that each element of a particular charge, claim, or defense is concisely stated.


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For a discussion of how to use the jury charges provided in Modern Federal Jury Instructions-Criminal, see Chapter 1. For general jury instructions designed for use in federal criminal cases, see Chapters 2-9A.


For information on the use of jury charges in federal trials, see Federal Litigation Guide, Chapter 39 (Matthew Bender).

See Moore's Federal Practice (Matthew Bender) for comprehensive and authoritative analysis on federal civil, criminal, appellate, and admiralty practice and procedure.

See Weinstein's Federal Evidence (Matthew Bender) for comprehensive and authoritative analysis of federal evidence law, including expert coverage of unsettled evidence issues.
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