Ex-NJ lawmaker's lawyer can access child porn pics

July 2, 2009 8:32:14 AM PDT
An appeals court has ordered prosecutors to turn over copies of child pornography to a former New Jersey assemblyman's lawyer. Neil Cohen is accused of using computers in his local legislative office to view, print and duplicate as many as 62 images of underage girls engaged in sexual acts. Eleven computers were seized.

Prosecutors objected to letting his attorney have control of the photos. They claimed releasing them could further victimize the children and create a risk that they could be further disseminated.

The former assemblyman from Roselle faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of official misconduct and child pornography charges..

Cohen has pleaded not guilty and remains free without bail..

Prosecutors say Cohen has admitted viewing child porn, but rejected a plea bargain..

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