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    This happened about 50 miles from me...There was a young man who did tape what
    happened, in it you can hear him telling them to stop and asking how they'd feel if it were their sister. That tape was used against them in court, helping to convict them .
    They deserve at least what the judge sentenced them to, if not more...granted they
    are young, but they new right from wrong, and a drunken 16 yr. old was violated and
    will remember it for life. They went from 'Hero to Zero' in one night. Good.
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    Good. hopefully they'll get in jail what they gave that girl. but I look for Reverend Al charlatan and Reverend Jesse Jackson ass to try to turn this into a racial incident, not the crime but the trial
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    Nobody is suggesting that this had anything to do with race....except YOU. Al and Jesse are not involved....Neither of them were involved in any aspect of this case, trial, or any of the proceedings......
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    @Sonny They soon will?I would guess by Tuesday watch MSNBC?I probably didnt need to tell you to watch MSNBC You are more than likely a regular viewer.
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    Thank you Anonymous for posting the merits of the case online for the world to see, and forcing action where none would have otherwise been taken!
    The police in this town appear corrupt. The FBI and DoJ have investigated law enforcement in this county for years. They should be held accountable for their inaction.
    Rape is a serious crime and should be dealt with swiftly and harshly, without regard to age, color, or football team.
    More charges may be filed. I hope they are.
    I have zero regard or sympathy for rapists.
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    You know , they film themselves raping a girl, then they posted on their internet sites bragging about it , and there were others involved... you just know these idiots were destined for NFL stardom ;-{]
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    @bsking
    LOL!
    So true- throw a dogfight in there, maybe a drive-by out of an Escalade...big NFL careers in their future...
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    My reaction to the case is that they should have been tried as adults and sentenced to 20 years to life. This whole thing is typical of the bible belt football madness. In no walk of society would two guys get off this lightly if they were not football stars.
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    They should have been tried as adults . More proof that America is in the gutter , when this is how the younger people view 'human compassion'. Didn't one person have the guts to speak up or call police ? Put the animals behind bars & give Bubba an extra carton of cigarettes to make sure they get 'x-tra special loving care' in prison . Let them be some body's girlfriend for a few years.
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    The whole Steubenville police department is an embarrassment. They chose to subject their town to national ridicule in order to protect a few effing football players and only began an investigation under a direct order from the Ohio AG. These punk perps only got one year? That's not justice.
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    I don't know if the "punishment fit the crime" but it is a good start. In too many cases schools give "sports hero's" a culture of entitlement that leads them to believe they can do anything and not pay for it.
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    These poor football players(Found guilty of rape) wept.How cool is that?No mention of how much the victim and family have wept thru this ordeal.
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    Todd Akin isn't an isolated case. The defense attorney argued that sex with an unconscious 16 year old girl was "consensual" - in other words, this wasn't a "legitimate rape".
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    I wonder if the defense attorney's daughter was the unfortunate victim if he would feel similarly.
    'Legitimate rape' is a ridiculous, insulting term.
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    A truly mind boggling nauseating defense. Those idiots should have listened to someone else and plead guilty at the outset.
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    What on earth does Todd Akin have to do with 2 minors raping an underage girl?

    Some people can't get politics off the brain in ANY news story.

    It's like the old crazy uncle saying "I remember when I was a kid.........." etc etc ... No one cares.
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    @drpeeper "Some people can't get politics off the brain" said a frequent commentator on Politix.:-)
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    A very sad tragedy for both the young girl and these young boys.....But a crime is a crime....and they will have to suffer the consequences of their actions.
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    These football players reaped what they sowed. The only downside to the conviction is that their sentence is TOO short.
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    I thought 18 is the age of consent and therefore it wouldn't matter whether she said yes or no. Maybe that age changes state-to-state. In any case, I will echo Richard Pryor: "If you ever see me being beaten by a crowd of people, put the cameras down and frickin' help me."
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    Believe it or not......there is NO "affirmative duty to rescue"....Only in a few very special circumstances does the law require a person to "rescue" another person who is in peril...
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    @Sonny What about Good Samaritan laws? Or are they state by state?
    (And I don't care whether the law requires it. Doesn't basic decency require it?)
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    @Zazziness No---a "good samaritan law" is a law enacted by statute that seeks to protect a person from being sued by (of all people) the person he rescued ---or his family should the "good samaritan" cause death or further injury as he is "rescuing the person in peril"...Good Samaritan laws are probably not what you think they are......

    And as cold and harsh as it may seem-------"basic decency" does not have a thing to do with it....The law just simply can not compel a person to "rescue another"---Again...unless the rescuer was himself responsible for putting that other person at risk, or the rescuer is ---say a fireman or policeman....Other than that......Nope..no such duty exists...
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    @Sonny I don't know how to be clearer -- putting the law aside, common decency should motivate a person to help someone in immediate need.
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    Yes, age of consent laws vary from state to state and have varying stipulations. The average age of consent in the U.S. is 16. When I was a kid in Hawai'i, it was 14! In 2000 it changed to 16 there.
    And the law does not compel even a fireman or police officer to step in, especially if it risks their lives. Be aware too, that lifeguards at your favorite beach are NOT under any requirement to save you, should you flounder. Those who risk their lives to save others do so out of a sense of duty and because they ate courageous.
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    I think the ages of the boys are 16 & 17, respectively---and they will be behind bars at least until they are 21 (at least)---I think that amounts to quite a bit more than just a "wrist-slap".
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    @Sonny 1 got "at least 1 year" and the other was given at least two. They could be in jail till they are 21, but pending laws of the state, they might even have the crime expunged from record since they are juvies. I'm just kinda hard nosed about sex crimes.
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    @marine1 Yes, these 2 boys will. Not the son of the DA who declined to initially prosecute the case who as also on video and who's house the party was being held at nor the da herself for letting minors get shit-faced at her house. Nobody who had family who was anybody was charged with anything aside from these two boys. There is no doubt you can charge anyone who sent any pics of this girl being violated or undressed with distributing child pornography at the very least.
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    Yet I'm sure if you questioned any of them before the rape ... would you be cool with getting drunk and having someone take advantage of you, guy or girl and then post it on line? They would've had no problem saying, that's wrong!
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    One year in jail for Rape? Gang Rape at that! That's ludicrous! They should each get at least 10 years in an adult prison. Rape after all is an adult crime. Oh, BTW a 16 year old can not "give consent" since she is a minor.
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    Throw His Ass In Jail!!!!!! Take His Mama Off Welfare Also. Fast Food Is Always Hiring. His Father Should.......Wait She Dosn't Know Who The Father Is.
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    I think its BS that the names of the accused were in the media before they were pronounced guilty. And that after they were guilty that their sentences were so light. Media circus!
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