Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
innerbrat: (opinion)
From: [personal profile] innerbrat
He even clarified what he meant several times in the transcript I read. It was pretty obvious that he meant statutory rape.

And given that, and what he acctually said - I think about rape the way he appeared to think in that interview; that way being:

- IF reducing the sentence for pleading guilty alleviates the trial process for the victim/witnesses and increases the number of convictions, THEN there is a valid argument for reducing the sentence on a guilty plea.

- Increasing the number of convictions, making the trial process smoother for victims and witnesses and therefore increasing the number of charges (i.e. victims coming forward to be counted) is more important than satisfactorily exacting revenge on the one or two scenario 2s and 3s we're able to convict.

- Lumping all convictions for unlawful sexual assualts (including statutory rape) into one sample size and selecting the mean is not a valid way of assessing the recommended/average sentence for any of the scenarios presented above.
[Having said that, the sentence for my scenario 3 was seven years. However he was a minor at the time]

I agree with everything Jennie says, except the part where she namechecks Clarke, who is being scapegoated for a brainfart level word replacement.

(Also, I didn't vote. Can't rank those scenarios, sorry.)
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