Timothy Sandefeur (via Ed Brayton) has a post about a Pennsylvania woman who pled guilty to child pornography charges for writing a book depicting the sexual abuse and torture of children. No real children, no photos of real children -- just written, fictional depiction.
Bookseller caught with books depicting kidnapping, attempted murder and cannibalism of children. What will stop prosecutors from charging writers for fictional (or non-fiction) written descriptions of criminal behavior of any kind? Child abuse, murder, rape and cannibalism are terrible crimes, but since when do we prosecute people for imaginary crimes? Should we arrest movie producers, directors and actors for making movies that depict murder? Why not?