Common Sense Law:
I am a big fan of our legal system most of the time. Of course that is because I am usually on the right side of the law. But, I know that it is not a perfect system. I also believe that is is often biased against some, favoring others. There have been times when terrible crimes were overlooked at others that were so minor, yet received a lot of publicity...and jail time.
Today a couple of cases made the news that just made me scratch my head. In Georgia a 15 year old girl seduced a 17 year old boy and guess who goes to jail? Yup, the boy for 10 years. The Georgia law stipulates that a 15 year old girl cannot be held responsible and therefore she can't consent. Because she is under 15 she is considered a child. So the boy is charged with child molestation and his life is changed forever. Was it wrong? Abosolutely. The boy should have had the sense to know better. But a ten year stretch is harsh. At the same time a female teacher in Georgia was found guilty of having sex with a student, she served 90 days. It seems to me that a teacher is in a position of trust and authority and should serve the ten years. Its unjust.
The second story is of some girls who make a list of the things that they don't like. Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, the Energizer Bunny, etc. The list includes some students at their school, and the phrase "We should kill them all." I am sure that the Energizer Bunny is just quaking in his fuzzy boots. The solution to me might have been to take the girls to a counselor and talk about it, but in our new heightened state of school fear they arrested the girls and charged them with criminal conspiracy to commit murder. There were no weapons, no plans, just a list. But these 6 girls are now branded as potential killers. How sad is that! I suspect that a lot of MySpace sites have similar lists.
Now let me take you back a few years to a popular trial, and show you how bad things have become. A prominent citizen is accused of murdering his ex-wife and a friend of hers. Police go to his house and he isn't there, but his truck is missing. Police spot the truck and a chase begins. They can see the suspect as the passenger pointed at the head of the driver, a close friend of his. The chase goes on for hours (the first and most famous "slow speed chase"), with the suspect holding a gun to his friends house. When they finally arrest the suspect he has his passport and $8000 on his person (he was about 2 hours from the Mexican border when this happened).
If I were to have done this I would have at the least been charged with terroristic threatening, probably armed kidnapping. As there were hundreds of policy chasing, a logical claim might be made that he was failing to yield to the police, certainly evading arrest. No charges were filed in that. Let's forget the murder charge, they had enough here to lock him up for a long time. Kidnapping, felonious flight, etc. But, he beat the murder charge, and is playing golf every day now.
There are injustices everywhere. Rodney King probably shouldn't have been beaten so brutally, but he also shouldn't have been on crack trying to escape arrest. OJ shouldn't have been set free, although he was obviously guilty of some crimes. These school girls should be arrested, probably shouldn't even be suspended. And Genarlow Wilson will probably have to spend the next 8 years of his 10 year sentence regretting allowing a girl a year and a half younger than him to seduce him.