United States v Stephen Bowers



This document is the opinion of the U.S. Sixth Court of Appeals affirming Appellant Stephen Bower's conviction for possession of child sexually abusive material. The decision will be published in the Federal Reporter 4th and overturns the Sixth Circuit's Corp decision. Citing the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gonzales v Raich (which held that the medical marijuana industry in California, although completely local, is nevertheless subject to Congressional regulation on the basis of inter-state commerce), the 6th Circuit panel in Bowers held that the defendant's deminimis connection to inter-state commerce nevertheless subjected him to the federal child-porn legislation. Bowers used polaroid film produced in the Netherlands to photograph his sleeping daughter and her friends.

I drafted the Appellant's brief and attended oral argument in Cincinatti with co-counsel Matthew Brown, who argued the case.

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Reference Info:Decision | Federal, 6th Circuit, Michigan | United States

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