Archive for April, 2006

No, It Doesn’t

Does Megan’s Law apply to a 12 year old caught playing doctor with his 6 year old half brother?
The justices heard arguments Tuesday in the case of an 18-year-old identified only as T.T. He was 12 when he was caught giving himself and his 6-year-old half-brother an enema.

An appeals court ruled the boy’s motivation was not sexual, and he did not need to register as a sex offender under Megan’s law.

Warren County prosecutors argued the appeals panel wrongly focused on the boy’s motivation instead of his aggravated sexual assault conviction.

How is that aggravated sexual assault? This is aggravated sexual assault. I am not so naive as to suggest that the 12 year old ought not be watched closely, but without some additional context, it appears insane to me to brand a child that age a sex offender.

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Cynthia McKinney

I haven’t read much about Congresswoman McKinney’s incident with the Capitol police, but I certainly hope that opinion doesn’t fall along party lines. Ms. McKinney was not wearing her credentials, which essentially are the free pass given to members of congress so that they can bypass regular security. The cop had a job to do, and anyone- anyone– who is stopped by a cop needs to stop, shut up, and listen before they do anything. That goes for a guy being pulled over on the highway right up to the halls of the Capitol. It is intellectually lazy to cite race in this case.

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Gators Win

For the 2nd year in a row, my Alma mater was eliminated by the eventual champion of the NCAA Tournament. Congratulations to the University of Florida for their victory.

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Jill Carroll has issued a statement that retracts her words from the immediate aftermath of her release from terrorists in Iraq.

During my last night of captivity, my captors forced me to participate in a propaganda video. They told me I would be released if I cooperated. I was living in a threatening environment, under their control, and I wanted to go home alive. So I agreed.

Things that I was forced to say while captive are now being taken by some as an accurate reflection of my personal views. They are not. The people who kidnapped me and murdered Alan Enwiya are criminals, at best. They robbed Alan of his life and devastated his family. They put me, my family and my friends – all those around the world – who have prayed so fervently for my release – through a horrific experience. I was, and remain, deeply angry with the people who did this.

I also gave a TV interview to the Iraqi Islamic Party shortly after my release. The party had promised me the interview would never be broadcast or aired on television, and they broke their word. At any rate, fearing retribution from my captors, I did not speak freely. Out of fear I said I wasn’t threatened. In fact, I was threatened many times.

Also, at least two false statements about me have been widely aired: One, that I refused to travel and cooperate with the U.S. military and two, that I refused to discuss my captivity with U.S. officials. Again, neither statement is true.

So, she wasn’t brainwashed or a Stockholm syndrome case. I’m glad for her. I am, however, disturbed that so few in the media viewed her initial quotes as peculiar. These people do not have their eye on the ball.

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