Ex-prosecutor convicted of having child porn to be released on bail pending appeal

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 09, 2011, at 7:49 p.m.

BOSTON — The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that James Cameron, a former Maine prosecutor convicted on federal child pornography charges, may be freed on bail while his appeal is pending.

The ruling reversed a May decision by U.S. District Judge John Woodcock denying Cameron’s request for post-conviction bail.

The case was remanded to Woodcock to set conditions. A date for that hearing has not been set.

Cameron, 49, of Hallowell is incarcerated at Federal Correctional Institute Englewood in Littleton, Colo., according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons inmate locator website. The minimum-security facility is located about 15 miles southwest of Denver.

His anticipated release, which appears to anticipate Cameron earning good time, is July 30, 2024, according to the website.

Cameron was sentenced in March to 16 years in federal prison on child pornography charges.

He has been incarcerated since his conviction in August 2010 following a jury-waived trial on 13 counts of sending, receiving and possessing child pornography in 2006 and 2007.

Peter Charles Horstman, the Boston lawyer handling Cameron’s appeal, argued that before the trial, Cameron was free for more than two years on $7,500 unsecured bail with conditions that included electronic monitoring and limited use of the Internet.

Horstman also successfully argued that a June decision by the U.S. Supreme Court about the violation of a defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to confront a witness applies in Cameron’s case. A witness for the prosecution in Cameron’s case produced evidence that he — the witness — had no expertise in or knowledge of how, when, where and by whom the incriminating evidence was allegedly gathered and was merely a records keeper from the legal department of a computer company, the attorney argued in his brief.

The government argued that the recent high court decision had no effect on the decisions Woodcock made at the trial concerning Cameron’s Sixth Amendment rights.

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