In vacating the sentence of an admitted child pornographer, a federal appeals court in Manhattan attacked mandatory sentencing enhancements for virtually ensuring defendants will hit the statutory maximum regardless of the severity of their crimes.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday found that the sentence of Justin K. Dorvee was both procedurally and substantively unreasonable and that Dorvee would have received a lighter sentence had he actually sexually assaulted a child.