For 15 years, a man named Robert Legg will be limited to a single, personal Internet-capable device and must be prepared for random government monitoring of his computer use. Legg can only have a computer if the U.S. Probation Office first gives him approval.
The technological restraints imposed against Legg, convicted in an online child exploitation sting, are at the center of a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Legg is serving a 30-month prison. His lawyer today urged the appeals court to find that the restrictions go too far.
Legg's attorney, Steven Kiersh, argued that the restrictions in this case have no connection to the crime. Kiersh said his client's criminal conduct—arranging to meet a minor for unlawful sexual activity—occurred over a telephone, not a computer. Legg, he said, only used a computer to first initiate contact with a man—an undercover officer—online in a chat room.
"All of the criminal conduct occurred on the telephone," Kiersh said. "That's where the criminality occurs."