Good afternoon, ladies and gentleman. I got the video done earlier and now I’m ready to talk about 3 or 4 news items before I have to prepare for my trip to Northern Virginia tomorrow. Road trip! Anyway, the first thing that stuck out to me was this entry from The Guardian. Yes, they have a noteworthy post from time to time, and not just because of their batshit insane opinion crew.
Let’s take a trip south of the border, shall we?
A Mexican judge has freed a wealthy young man accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a schoolgirl, on the grounds that the perpetrator did not enjoy himself.
Diego Cruz, 21, was one of four young men from prominent families in the coastal state of Veracruz who were nicknamed “Los Porkys” on social media after they were accused of seizing a classmate from their elite private school as she left a New Year’s party on 1 January 2015.
In a ruling which was made public on Monday, Judge Anuar González found that although Cruz was accused of touching the victim’s breasts and penetrating her with his fingers, he had acted without “carnal intent” – and so was not guilty of assault.
González also found that although the victim, who was 17 at the time, was forced into the car of one of her alleged attackers, she was never “helpless”. Two of the other three suspects are accused of penetrating the victim.
The release of Cruz – who had fled to Spain, but was extradited back to Mexico – has prompted outrage among human rights activists, and marked a new low point in a case that has reinforced the perception that those with money and political connections are above the law.
“He sexually touched her, but because he didn’t enjoy it, it’s not sexual abuse?” said Estefanía Vela Barba, an activist on gender issues.
Clearly, this is the type of learned judicial thinking that we need to export to the United States. OK, to be fair, there are some head-scratching decisions here as well from time to time, but wow. This might completely take the cake, at least among recent rulings. It’s not rape if you don’t enjoy yourself? Is this the Bill Cosby defense? And how the hell would the judge know if this sick bastard enjoyed himself? This is a clown show, at least it would be, if it wasn’t so monstrous.
Yes, I had to make a joke about Cosby there. He is definitely innocent until proven guilty, however I am not above crass jokes, as you all know. In fact, my crass joke a couple weeks back got me worldwide press as a “notorious harasser.” Be careful what you jest about!
But, I’m getting off-topic. Let me know what you think about this story while I go type up the next one.