Thought Crime

On 2011-05-07 a man in Rochester New York was sentenced to 27 years in jail for making extra copies for himself of photos of children people brought into be developed. To be consistent, the law should also jail those parents for taking the photos of their children skinny dipping or splashing in the bath. He is being convicted for his alleged thoughts, not his deeds. Had he made extra copies of cute pet photos there would have been no jail time. The odd thing about this case is that the pictures in themselves were not pornographic, but that the defendant allegedly treated theme as if they were. By this reasoning the defendant could equally well have been convicted for ogling a Sears catalog. Given that no one was harmed and no child was exploited or traumatised, I think the sentence was overly harsh. People become extremely uncomfortable thinking about such matters. So they naturally go for the gut, ignoring what their rational minds might have to say about the legal repercussions. Even the judge did this.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)