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A weird and distressing piece of news - Journal of Omnifarious

Apr. 1st, 2004

09:24 am - A weird and distressing piece of news

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So, what do you do about this problem: http://www.post-gazette.com/breaking/20040329pornp6.asp

Charging her with child pornography is bizarre. Charging her with child abuse is completely off the deep end. What on earth were they thinking? Clearly, to them, the law exists in order to provide an excuse to punish. I mean, if they were truly concerned for the girl's welfare, which is why the law exists, why would they be going about things in that way at all?


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From:bohemianrapsody
Date:April 1st, 2004 09:29 am (UTC)
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Charging her for child pornography is bizarre. Would they charge a person who attempted suicide with attempted murder? She obviously needs to talk with someone about her life.
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From:eonen
Date:April 1st, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
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I hate to say it, but that's precisely what has happened in many cases. People who've botched their own suicides have spent time in jail for it. *boggle*
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From:memegarden
Date:April 1st, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
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Messed-up. The murder-suicide analogy is a good one. Cutting yourself isn't assault, either. Nor is taking yourself for a walk kidnapping. Even if you're underage, in all cases. It's not a good idea, and she probably could use some help, but how is charging her with child porn productive?
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From:jinee15
Date:April 1st, 2004 02:33 pm (UTC)
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The charges are very weird. I hope the girl gets counseling.
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From:hozed
Date:April 1st, 2004 06:42 pm (UTC)

For the CHILDREN!!!

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We must protect the children!! .. from the.. uh.. children, yeah.
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From:oniaka
Date:April 1st, 2004 08:30 pm (UTC)
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IF she was SELLING pics of herself like that, then I would consider it child pornography.

Instead of putting her in jail, perhaps they should be trying to find the people who were having sex with her when she had the pics taken? I could be wrong, but maybe some of those people are committing statuatory?

Anyways, yeah, people are just being plain stupid assholes...
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From:omnifarious
Date:April 1st, 2004 11:59 pm (UTC)
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They don't say that anybody was. They might have all been pictures of just her, by herself. I'm actually pretty sure the article would've mentioned something if she had appeared with anybody else.

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