Appeals court reverses some convictions in former Maine prosecutor’s child porn case

Posted Nov. 14, 2012, at 9:37 p.m.
Attorney Peter Rodway (from left) and his client, James M. Cameron, leave the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor after Cameron made his first federal court appearance on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009.
Attorney Peter Rodway (from left) and his client, James M. Cameron, leave the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor after Cameron made his first federal court appearance on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009.

BOSTON — A federal appeals court has reversed some of the convictions against Maine’s former top drug prosecutor, who was sentenced to 16 years for child pornography.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld convictions against James Cameron on seven counts but vacated convictions on six counts. Cameron, of Hallowell, was convicted for sending, receiving and possessing child pornography in 2006 and 2007.

Part of his appeal focused on the admissibility of evidence.

The appeals panel found that Cameron was effectively denied his right to confront his accuser because some records used as evidence required calling a witness to authenticate.

The case goes back to U.S. District Court in Maine for resentencing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Don Clark said no decision has been made whether to pursue a new trial.

 

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