INTERNET LAW: CRIMINAL LAW: POLICE OFFICER DID NOT CONDUCT INVESTIGATION OUTSIDE HER CITY LIMITS BY USING A COMPUTER PROGRAM TO LOG IP ADDRESS OF COMPUTER IN ANOTHER CITY TRADING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OVER PEER TO PEER NETWORK

Knight v. State, ___ So. 3d ___, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D58 (Fla. 1st DCA December 22, 2014)

The appellate court held that a police officer in one city did not exceed her jurisdiction by using a computer program to identify the IP address of a computer in another city that was sharing child pornography over a peer to peer network. “A peer-to-peer network was a software program that one could download onto a computer to allow the user to share files with other people who were connected to the same network.” “Because the child pornography present on the appellant’s computer could be accessed over the Internet by way of appellant’s file-sharing program, appellant [could not] argue that this portion of [the police officer’s] investigation was outside her territorial jurisdiction.”

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