October 21, 2005

OPEN SEASON (via obc):

Top court won’t review rape case (Canadian Press, October 20, 2005)

Canada’s top court will not review the case of a Saskatchewan man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old native girl but was not sent to prison.

Today’s decision by the Supreme Court again has upset aboriginals and child advocates who were outraged when Dean Edmondson originally was sentenced to two years of house arrest. [...]

Native people accused Judge Fred Kovach of racism when he sentenced Edmondson to house arrest. The two other men face new trials next year.

Kovach conceded the crime usually means jail time, but said the girl could have been the sexual aggressor because of an abusive upbringing.

The judge also noted the girl had lied to the men about her age, saying she was over 14—the age of sexual consent.

Jacobs says such factors should never have been used to dilute responsibility for such an attack on a 12-year-old child.

“It provides the support for young white men to get away with whatever,” she charged.

The more progressive the nations of Europe become the more barbaric they are.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2005 8:20 AM

Ah, the Randle Patrick McMurphy defense:

"She was fifteen years old, going on thirty-five, Doc, and she told me she was eighteen, she was very willing, I practically had to take to sewing my pants shut. Between you and me, uh, she might have been fifteen, but when you get that (censored) (censored) (censored) right up there in front of you, I don't think it's crazy at all and I don't think you do either. No man alive could resist that, and that's why I got into jail to begin with."

Posted by: Rick T. at October 21, 2005 8:57 AM