19 July 2005

Is She Too Pretty to Survive Prison?

This woman is charged with statutory rape of a 14 year old boy. The question which comes to mind is

If she was determined to have an affair, I'm pretty sure that there was no shortage of adult males willing to accommodate her.

Apparently everyone is worried about publicity for the male. And now the defense appears to be insanity.


Anonymous said...

Yeah, funny how her attorney says "she's too attractive to survive prison" as if she were ugly it would be easier.

On the case itself, though, I still wonder why they prosecute them... I'm assuming the parents got wind of this and called the authorities. I wonder if they really want to see her go to jail, though.

We really need to rethink statutory rape laws.

Anonymous said...

"To place an attractive young woman in that kind of hellhole is like putting a piece of raw meat in with the lions," said Fitzgibbons, who wouldn't talk about details of the negotiations. "I'm not sure Debbie would survive."

I'm so pleased that fair and impartial justice now recognizes physical beauty as a mitigating factor.

I suppose anyone cares to make prison less of a "hellhole" for those cursed with crooked teeth, hm?

Anonymous said...

"We really need to rethink statutory rape laws."

That's not going to be happening anytime soon. Personally, I don't think they need to be adjusted. But I do think we are entering into some dangerous terrain with our national 'sex offender' hysteria. There was recently a case in Illinois where a man had to swerve to dodge a 14 yr. old girl in the street. He grabbed her arm and lectured her, she tried to pull away. Under Illinios law that was classified as a sex crime, holding a minor against their will, etc... However, there was no evidence that sex had anything to do with it. The guy's record was clean. But now he's a registered sex offender for life. Maybe what he did was wrong and he should have been charged with something, but is it really just to label him a sex offender for the rest of his life? I don't think so.

A number of states are also passing laws that make the murder of anyone under 18 a sexual offense. Does that make any sense? What if sex had nothing to do with it? It's already a murder, the worst crime possible, why stick a sex crime onto it? It's madness.

There comes a point where words have to mean something. If you call someone a 'sex criminal' the crime has to have some relation to sex.

I guess it's all part of the 'Foxification' of our culture. IMO.

But in regards to your initial comment, I guess Thomas Jefferson would be a hunted sex criminal today. After all, he had an affair with 15 yr. old Sally Hemmings. Yeah, I know times were different then.

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of the Hysteria is that the same people who would want a man arrested for grabbing their 14 year old daughter by the arm and lecturing her probably let her wear "porn star" babydoll t-shirts when she was 12. The most permissive parent seem to be the most likely to overreact. It is because they combine obliviousness with an overwhelming sense of entitlement.

Anonymous said...

"obliviousness with an overwhelming sense of entitlement"

Yep, that pretty much sums it up right there.

Mister DA said...

I'm wondering how old the defedant is? She's a teacher, so presumably she's at least 22 or so. I suspect the driving force behind the prosecution is two fold - first, she is a teacher - a person whose community gave their children into her care. Second, pretty much what Ken asked? Huh? What's wrong with her that she couldn't find a legal lover? The age of consent for male/female relations in Flordia is 18 - (see http://www.coolnurse.com/consent.htm for a table of ages of consent in the US) and I would think the Tampa area would be lousely with willing 18-?? year olds. And isn't that just what should bother us? She's picked a kid who may or may not have much understanding about what's going on, who is not capable of consent under the law and who may not be capable of consent in any real, meaningful way. If this was a 14 year old girl and a 22 year old man, would there even be an issue?

Tom McKenna said...

As to the "why" inquiry-- some women simply have a perverse attraction to young males for psychological reasons too complicated to explain here. This is why there have been many cases like this one, where a much older teacher seduces a 14-16 year old boy.

If someone can't understand why this is so wrong and should be criminally prosecuted, they do not have children or do not understand the concept of abuse of authority/trust.

Anonymous said...

I would first love to say that it is amazing what being a women in court can do for you, and also to add nice looks. You can realy get away with murder it seems. I am 27 was a convicted sex offender at the age 22 in the state of FL. because a girl accused me of oral sex. I was 18 and she was 15. If i was 15 and her 18 would it have made a diffrence?