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Former OC Judge Sentenced to 27 Months of Prison For Having Kiddie Porn on his Computers

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Former Orange County Superior Court judge, Ronald Kline, who pled guilty to four counts of having hundreds of images of child porn on his computers was given over two years in prison yesterday in an LA federal court.

When the decision was delivered the 66 year-old passed out, prompting emergency personnel to rush into the courtroom.

Kline had unsuccessfully petitioned the US Supreme Court to rule out the evidence found on his computers because it was discovered by computer hacker with aspirations of being a cop.

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The investigation began after Bradley Willman, a Canadian hacker who saw himself as a computer cop, used a virus to gain access to Kline's home computer and download explicit diary excerpts about the judge's sexual desires, and more than 1,500 pornographic photos of young boys. Willman forwarded his findings to a Colorado-based Internet watchdog group, Pedowatch, which contacted Irvine police. Warrants were obtained months later that allowed searches of Kline's home and courthouse computers. - LAT

In Kline's first federal trial he was found not guilty due to the pornography being discovered illegally, but on appeal it was overturned because although Willman was a wannabe cop, he still wasn't actually a cop and wasn't in contact with the cops, thus didn't infringe on Kline's privacy rights.