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    Re: Billionaire Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault Charge

    Quote Originally Posted by CalGun View Post
    Good thing he didn't drive drunk and kill a poor girl while at it - he might have gotten off completely.
    Like this rich kid?

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    Re: Billionaire Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault Charge

    Quote Originally Posted by AJiveMan View Post
    The fundamental problem with this case is the alleged victim didn't want to cooperate.

    Legally you cant do much with limited evidence.

    Besides, his sentence isn't that unusual at all given the lack of evidence.

    I know every person who hates the rich want's the guy to get life in prison but that is not how the judicial system works.

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    Re: Billionaire Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault Charge

    That was one of the most horrible - ridiculous cases on injustice I have ever seen. That kid should have got at least 10-years.

    I don't see how believing "you're above the law because you have money" is an actual defense.

    The most ridiculous or ironic thing about this case is that the taxpayers will be paying for 75% of his "treatment."

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    Re: Billionaire Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault Charge

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Nick View Post
    The fundamental problem with this case is the alleged victim didn't want to cooperate.

    Legally you cant do much with limited evidence.

    Besides, his sentence isn't that unusual at all given the lack of evidence.

    I know every person who hates the rich want's the guy to get life in prison but that is not how the judicial system works.
    The uncooperative victim and mother in this case must have contributed to the misdemeanor charge I'm thinking because I believe sexual assault of a minor is a felony. Like Maggie said, possibly some money was traded to the victim to sort of just forget about it.

    I really didn't want to see him tucked away for life, but I think five years would have been fair, or 2 years and electronic monitoring for 3.

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    Re: Billionaire Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault Charge

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Nick View Post
    That was one of the most horrible - ridiculous cases on injustice I have ever seen. That kid should have got at least 10-years.

    I don't see how believing "you're above the law because you have money" is an actual defense.

    The most ridiculous or ironic thing about this case is that the taxpayers will be paying for 75% of his "treatment."
    It was Texas, a Liberal bastion known for cuddling the poor and hating the rich.
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    Re: Billionaire Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault Charge

    Quote Originally Posted by AJiveMan View Post
    The uncooperative victim and mother in this case must have contributed to the misdemeanor charge I'm thinking because I believe sexual assault of a minor is a felony. Like Maggie said, possibly some money was traded to the victim to sort of just forget about it.

    I really didn't want to see him tucked away for life, but I think five years would have been fair, or 2 years and electronic monitoring for 3.
    I read about the case this morning in the paper, but I don't believe the victim was a "minor" at the time of the alleged "abuse." Obviously it's a sick crime but if she was older than 17 it's not a crime.

    Maybe there was evidence that suggested something happened when she was a minor, however she was uncooperative - and even minors have Fifth Amendment rights.

    I'm interested to know what evidence the DA actually had considering the lack of cooperation.

    Of course the DA could have just over charged him and the jury could only convict on the evidence alone.

    Either way it is a sick alleged crime.

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    Re: Billionaire Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault Charge

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Nick View Post
    I read about the case this morning in the paper, but I don't believe the victim was a "minor" at the time of the alleged "abuse." Obviously it's a sick crime but if she was older than 17 it's not a crime.

    Maybe there was evidence that suggested something happened when she was a minor, however she was uncooperative - and even minors have Fifth Amendment rights.

    I'm interested to know what evidence the DA actually had considering the lack of cooperation.

    Of course the DA could have just over charged him and the jury could only convict on the evidence alone.

    Either way it is a sick alleged crime.
    This article will help you understand the age of the victim and other things about the case.

    Billionaire Johnson heir gets brief jail term in sex assault case

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    Re: Billionaire Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault Charge

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    It was Texas, a Liberal bastion known for cuddling the poor and hating the rich.
    I'm not going to blame the state - I'm going to blame the idiot judge that actually accepted such a "plea" and the idiots that bought it.

    If anything this is the type of plea a progressive would actually concoct.

    Obviously it's a lawyers job to get their client off or at least have their charges reduced but this "affluenza" nonsense is just cocky within itself.

    The kid belongs in prison - he doesn't need mental health help.

    Hell, a friend of mine was in a car with a few other people and he crashed the car killing my friend and injuring the other passengers and he got 7-years in prison. This kid gets "mental health help" and sympathy..... What a little ****.

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    Re: Billionaire Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault Charge

    Quote Originally Posted by AJiveMan View Post
    This article will help you understand the age of the victim and other things about the case.

    Billionaire Johnson heir gets brief jail term in sex assault case
    I see now. He "touched" the girls and didn't rape them and the alleged victims have refused to cooperate..

    I'm obviously not defending the guy but it seems the evidence just wasn't there, and IMO the court is lucky what they got.

    For all we know it was the girls that were the aggressors in this case - which is a suitable reason as to why they refuse to cooperate.

    Obviously having none of the evidence I can do nothing more than speculate.

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    Re: Billionaire Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault Charge

    Quote Originally Posted by HonestJoe View Post

    Why bother with court cases at all then. Why not just mob rule based on media coverage?

    I'm also curious why it being implied that his being a billionaire somehow justifies greater punishment.
    Guy plead guilty to fondling a 6th grader. 4 months strikes me as a rather light sentence for the crime. My issue with this is simple, why are pedophiles given special treatment in prison? Mind you, life is much harder on them but the bottom line is that should go through the mind of any of them prior to committing the crime. Our justice system no longer applies punishment to these F$*^s that fits the crime.

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