June 15th, 2008

Mr. Twister

Хорошую новость пропустил

MSNBC -- A Chicago jury has acquitted R&B superstar R. Kelly on all counts at his child pornography trial.

Kelly was charged with 14 counts of videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl, who prosecutors say was as young as 13.

If convicted, he would have faced a minimum of four years in prison and a maximum of 15 years. He would also have had to register as a sex offender in Illinois.

Both Kelly and the now 23-year-old alleged victim had denied they were on the tape. Neither testified during the trial.

"The evidence won it for us because there wasn't enough evidence," Gensen said. "You have been talking about a victim who doesn't appear to be a victim."
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Richard Wexler

Wounded Innocents: The Real Victims of the War Against Child Abuse

Совершенно фундаментальный труд. Вот, например, интересно -- я не понимал, что у CPS и PETA один предок:
This then was the tenor of the times when the Mary Ellen case arose in 1874. The intense attention it got in the press led to creation of the first Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Childern, in New York City.
   Such societies were quickly established all over the United States. By 1906 there were 240 SPCCs or Humane Societies—which concerned themselves with cruelty to both children and animals—nationwide. Often, they were known to their victims simply and appopriately as "the Cruelty".
   The groups were given the same sort of broad powers to investigate families and seek the removal of their children as is given to Child Protective Services today—with remarkably similar results:
—When the broad power they had wasn't enough, they bent or broke the law. Gordon writes that when agents of the Massachussetts SPCC couldn't get into a home legally, "they climbed windows. They searched without warrants. Their case notes frequently revealed that they made their judgements first and looked for evidence later... As one annual report put it delicately: It is true that we have taken risks on the margin of legal liability which seemed needful to rescue the child...but without cost to sciety...If `indiscreet zeal' which is made such a bugbear occasionally leads us into mistakes, the public will condone the error ... much more readily than they would approve the opposite fault of timidity or lukewarmness in cases of well-ascertained cruelty." In other words, they were "erring on the side of the child".

Ну, еще одна капля в море.
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