Saturday, August 29, 2015

Slow Saturday Special: Labrie Laid Low

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"Labrie cleared of rape, guilty of lesser charges; Could face jail term for sex with girl, 15, at N.H. prep school" by Peter Schworm Globe Staff  August 28, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Former St. Paul’s School student Owen Labrie could face a sentence that includes several years in jail — a maximum of seven years on a computer enticement conviction, which is a felony, and as much as a year each on the four misdemeanors. Sentencing was set for Oct. 29.

In addition, Labrie, who was a straight-A student, will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, a prosecutor said afterward.

Those registries are starting to look a lot like Nazi sexual regulations, as are the programs to control teen and college sex.

In the emotional close to the two-week trial, Labrie burst into tears at the word guilty, and later shook his head in disbelief. Behind him in the courtroom, his mother buried her head in her hands.

The teenage girl wept in her mother’s arms nearby. In a statement, the girl and her family said the convictions delivered “a measure of justice” for victims of sexual violence.

“While he was not convicted on all charges, Owen Labrie was held accountable in some way by a jury of his peers for crimes he committed against our daughter,” a family spokeswoman read to a throng of reporters outside the courthouse. “There is no joy in this outcome, however, as our daughter can never get back what she has lost.”

Labrie left the courthouse without comment, but his lawyer, J.W Carney Jr., said Labrie was devastated.

“Owen’s future is forever changed,” Carney said, likening the conviction to a brand that “will stay with him the rest of his life.”

The trial revealed the sexual culture at the highly selective 159-year-old boarding school, whose notable alumni include Secretary of State John F. Kerry and “Doonesbury’’ creator Garry Trudeau. Annual tuition exceeds $50,000, although many students, like Labrie, receive scholarships....

Who both went on to Yale. 

Was Trudeau in Skull and Bones, too?


It was a split verdict that left both teenagers in tears, and by the Globe's analysis there were no winners.

At least can find a place to live easy enough:

"SJC rejects local residency restrictions on sex predators" by Michael Levenson Globe Staff  August 28, 2015

Cities and towns cannot ban sex offenders from living near parks and schools, the state’s high court said Friday, in a sharply worded ruling that could invalidate local laws in 49 municipalities from Springfield to Fall River.

The Supreme Judicial Court’s unanimous decision likened the restrictions to two dark chapters in American history: the forcible removal of Indian tribes in the 19th century and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. 

Yes, the genocide that tops the Holocaust™ that is somehow glossed over as we debate the name "Redsk**," and apologies owed for that as well as the nuclear war crimes committed against the Japanese. Sorry.

“Except for the incarceration of persons under the criminal law and the civil commitment of mentally ill or dangerous persons, the days are long since past when whole communities of persons, such as Native Americans and Japanese-Americans, may be lawfully banished from our midst,” Justice Geraldine S. Hines wrote. 

I'm sure the Muslims will be happy to see that, even thought the indefinite detention in concentration camp torture centers still stands for many.

Btw, I didn't know PERVERTS were an ETHNIC GROUP!

Local officials who supported the restrictions decried the ruling and vowed to lobby Governor Charlie Baker and the state Legislature to pass statewide residency rules.

“It seems like the rights of children are taking a back seat to what is politically correct,” said Timothy Phelan, a former Lynn City Council president who sponsored the 2011 ordinance that the court struck down on Friday. 

Well, when they start waving the children in front of you.....

That law, with few exceptions, banned Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders — those with a high or moderate risk of reoffending —but Phelan said sex offenders, because their crimes do such extensive psychological damage, should lose certain rights and privileges

You lose the right to vote if convicted.

Phelan also expressed shock that the court would compare historical atrocities against people based on their heritage with laws aimed at sex offenders convicted by courts and then classified by the state as dangerous.

“It’s just not an accurate, and not a fair, analogy,” Phelan said. 

It is kind of a reach.

Despite the court’s forceful language, the decision was narrowly tailored.... 

Much page A1 adieu about nothing then, right?