Laws treat children as monsters for minor sex crimes | Punishments severe

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    • #10680 Reply

      By Lenore Skenazy….. Southwestern Law School Professor Catherine L.Carpenter puts it bluntly in her new research paper, Throwaway Children: The Trag
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      We have a double standard in this country. We recognize juveniles don’t have the maturity to give consent yet when it comes to poor choices they have made, we dole out lifelong punishments. Which one is it? Do they have the maturity or don’t they? Of course, they don’t. Brain scans tell us as much. So why do we keep being so G.. Damn hypocritical about this?

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      Paul, the simple answer to these questions regarding the hypocrisy in the court system/legal system is this – It keeps them in business. Earns them a paycheck. We’re all numbers and dollar signs no matter how young or old we are.

    • #10683 Reply

      Maestro hit the nail right on the head

    • #10684 Reply

      Certainly the therapists who run our groups can’t be complaining too much. Young or old, the well always runs deep for them. They never have to worry about running out of clientele.

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      Art S

      My question is – What is wrong with the cops who are enforcing the law? Has all common sense gone out the window. What is wrong with the judges who are even allowing these cases to come to court. I am talking about the 9 year olds and teen lovers, etc..
      When I was young the cops used good judgement and went after criminals, not break up family’s homes.

    • #10686 Reply

      Yeah, it’s insane. Wonder how much power the judges have in these cases. With minors there’s probably a special agency that deals with them; does the interviews, makes the recommendations, ect. Another hungry bureaucracy to feed. Like Maestro said: numbers and dollar signs.

      There’s probably some children who need supervision. If a child shows violent tendencies, or is acting out in ways that hurt others, I understand the courts wanting to help that child and protect other children. But labeling them sex offenders and putting them on the registry? No way!!!!

    • #10687 Reply

      To be fair, judges and cops have to enforce laws that are on the books. If they don’t, they have only one option; to quit. A judge cannot conscientiously object to sentencing someone simply because they don’t feel it is fair. The ones we should be blaming are the legislators who are writing the stupid laws and the prosecutors, who do have discretion when it comes to the cases they chose to indict/prosecute.

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      And one more thing: Let’s give credit where credit is due (said sarcastically). Law enforcement does have to enforce the law. But operating a CP site as the FBI did? C’mon. That’s not enforcing the law, that’s entrapment. They violate the very same tenets and principles they claim to uphold when they do this. Every time the bureau distributed an image in order to catch a perp, they revictimized a child. Why are members of the bureau not being charged with possession and distribution? Ron Hosko, and I’m paraphrasing “the ends justify the means. This was an opportunity we had and we took it”. Tell that to the victims who I’m sure would not have wanted to be exploited in this way so that others could be caught. This is beyond hypocritical.

      AND YET, no one should be surprised by this. I know I’m not.

      See Washington Post article.

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      Tim L

      Yep Yep

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      Im 18 yrs old was got rounded up by police sting when i thought i was finally meeting a girl -i had met and been talking to online- on her 15th birthday!
      They want to charge me w a felony and ruin the rest of my life!

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      Jen – Sex Crimes

      I believe they need to reevaluate the juvenile sex offenders from time to time to see if they have rehabilitated over time and if they changed for the better then their records should be stripped clean. I think they do the same for sex offenders who’ve already finished their sentence.

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