"’If the law supposes that,’ said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, ‘the law is a ass — a idiot.’" — Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
It is precisely because, dear readers, that the law is wholly and irreconcilably incompatible with ethics that we arrive at breathtaking contortions of "reason" such as this:
Oh, but there’s more. From the majority opinion:
Further, if these pictures are ultimately released, future damage may be done to these minors’ careers or personal lives.
These children are not mature enough to make rational decisions
concerning all the possible negative implications of producing these
Emphasis mine. And what effect, I wonder, does Judge Wolf think a child pornography conviction will have on "these minors’ careers or personal lives?"
It is at times like these that I most wonder whether civilization will survive. I suspect it probably will, but if it does, it will only be in spite of the law.