My question involves criminal law for the state of: Pennsylvania
A friend of mine was convicted of possession of child pornography in January of 2009. To make a long story short, the pictures were found in the recycling bin of his computer. He alleges he discovered images and deleted them. His family had a computer forensics expert who testified that the porn was believed to have been downloaded by a computer virus he contracted. I've done some research and I found that there others out there who make the same claim. This was disputed by the prosecutions expert that testified that he had "never heard of such a thing". It sounds like this may be a good defense if it can be proven correct. His family went through a lot of financial hardship in fighting this case, and really don't have the resources to appeal the conviction.
There is no appeal planned at this time - and I don't know if after 2 years an appeal could even by filed. I'm helping his family because there is a language barrier, and wanted to find how they could investigate the possibility of finding a lawyer that does Pro Bono work. I heard that lawyers only do Pro Bono work in Civil cases but I wasn't sure. Any advice is appreciated
Thanks in advance