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  •  Gee, Where have I heard excuse this before? (0+ / 0-)

    The most widely-known example is probably the Steubenville debacle.  The same bi-polar rationale was used there, "The underage victim was mature enough to be responsible BUT the  adult perpetrator was totally unable to exercise adult judgement."

    l remember the two statements given to the victim and her family after the convictions...one was a pitiful display of semi-coherent remorse and the other a painfully coherent display of arrogance and disavowal.

    A similar, but much more propagandized tragedy is now playing out in Sebastian, Fla. Although not initially trotted out as the primary rationalization for an adult preying upon a minor, that same bizarre logic was seized upon after several other clumsy and ineffective attempts at defection, distortion, and outright fabrication failed to sustain the implied myth of conditional responsibility.

    This belief is, IMHO, the last desperate refuge of defendants who believe they are above the law (or even moral opprobrium).

    The victim was 14 at the time of the assault while the accused was a young adult, 18 1/2  y/o.  This incident has been alternately described by the defendant's family (and web site) as: an unfair prosecution of high school sweethearts who were both underage (17 and 15) by vindictive parents and later as an unjust prosecution of lesbian sweethearts by vindictive parents who waited until the defendants 18th birthday to file a complaint. Throughout this situation, the defendant and her family have put forth the theory that anyone is high school has the equivalent of Diplomatic Immunity from any laws regulating rights or prescribing responsibilities.  

    Lastly, the Courts view it as  a prosecution of a young adult who had a sexual relationship with a minor while ignoring the warnings of school officials, concerned non-family members, and lastly the parents of the victim. The culmination (or so it appeared) was the apparent kidnapping of the victim and her later re-appearance after having been lodged at the home of the parents of the accused.  After rejecting two plea deals, and a recent re-arrest for violation of pretrial release conditions, additional felony charges arising from images transmitted to the the minor have also been filed.  Due to truly mind boggling acts of illegal obstruction, the parents of the accused are now under legal scrutiny as well.

    For me, the only positive result of the Steubenville incident is that the facts eventually carried the day.  Perhaps the same will eventually be said for Sebastian Fla.

    “Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.”

    by frenchy339 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 11:08:25 AM PDT

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