Yeah - after doing some shopping and housework, I went back and followed the few links to see what I can find out. I have to agree with some of the commenters that my initial reaction is one of vengeance, but it did bring up a lot of questions. What was the initial incident - what were the facts, evidence, etc; what was the plea bargain - it seems like they pled guilty to sexual assault but not rape - why was the plea given? Was there enough evidence for conviction or was it a case of "it's easier to plea bargain" as some have suggested? Was it a case of "good-ol' boy network"/bribery?AndrewV69 wrote:I would have to know more before I could comment. So far all we have is the media "spin" and I am too jaundiced by the toxic agendas spewed out to try and tease out what happened based on this report.Badger3k wrote:PZ, instead of manufacturing controversy, how about discussing real life - a teen faces criminal charges for "naming names" of the kids who sexually assaulted her and posted pictures on the internet (she violated court confidentiality, but I think her reasons are good) here
I have had too many first and second hand experiences with the media misrepresentation and false rape reports to automaticaly believe any woman now when she claims that she has been raped.
Sorry, not going there again. I have been fooled too many times now.
I can see this emotionally - that was my gut talking. Ethically or rationally...I don't know enough. Is what she did illegal? Justified? It does seem odd that she wasn't notified of the plea bargain, or had any input in on that decision - maybe that isn't unusual, or maybe it is. I have no idea, but on the surface it seems underhanded...but it was a government case, not a civil one, so with her being the victim maybe she didn't have any involvement - it was strictly lawyer to lawyer. Plus we don't (at least as far as I can get, I didn't go looking for the tweets) know the reduced sentence - nor what effect this will have on the sentence or the case. Can it be thrown out because of what she did? If so, then that makes what she did stupid, albeit satisfying for her. Too many unknowns. I admit I haven't done a lot of checking yet - just finished replacing one bathroom faucet, one more to go, just taking a break now to make sure there are no leaks.