What do we Need to Know About Child Pornography, Autism and the Law?

Originally Published on October 2nd, 2023 at 08:00 am
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In this article, Mark Mahoney, Esquire, lays out the primary symptoms of ASD and the peculiarities of autism and the law.


While this article, written and privately published by Attorney Mahoney, is older (2009), its contents are still extremely relevant today.

The number of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) involved in the criminal justice system is not decreasing, and anecdotally, appears to be increasing.

Syptoms of ASD: Autism and the Law

In his article, Mr. Mahoney lays out the primary symptoms of ASD. Here’s a brief overview of these symptoms:

  • Difficulty in understanding the perspective of others, often called Mind blindness or struggles with Theory of Mind
  • Delays in social and emotional development
  • Lack of understanding of socially expected behavior and norms
  • Intense focus on certain topics or behaviors.

Autism and the Law: How does Autism play out in the criminal justice system?

The crux of this article is how do ASD symptoms play out in the criminal justice system when accused of a sexual offense.

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