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Disappointed, too

November 18, 2013

While I was reading the article, “Judge declares mistrial in rape case,” I was slapped in the face with the cruel reality of the level of ignorance on this subject the “lone juror” displayed....

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ToTEXASfromPA

Nov-18-13 9:42 PM

When my oldest son was going off to college, I told him that when (not if but when) he was in a room with others and someone starts to pass a joint around that is not the time to decide whether you are going to participate or not. You need to make your decision before that situation happens and stick with it.

Whether being around those drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, being around those of the opposite s e x, etc., parents also need to coach their children in how to make up their mind ahead of time and what action to take.

Last night an episode of Duck Dynasty showed the grandparents even coaching their grandson (and his lady friend) where the lines were in interacting with each other.

My hope is the young lady referenced in the LTE will be able to recover from this situation physically, mentally, and emotionally. I wish her the best in the future and that she will gain wisdom from this situation that will help her in the future.

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Millwe

Nov-18-13 8:14 PM

There is a difference between true victims and willing participants. Nobody is "blaming" anyone but pointing out facts.....stay sober so you remember what happens. That way, if you are truly violated your memory will serve you well as will most judges and evidence presented.

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rmiller

Nov-18-13 2:59 PM

Spike,

Your post is spot on as well as an admonishment to the organization.

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rmiller

Nov-18-13 2:57 PM

Stephanie,

Like it or not, we have a jury system in place within the judicial framework of our country. A "juror" has the legal right to stand "lone."

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coffee

Nov-18-13 8:02 AM

If you ever serve on a jury you will discover that there are "low information" jurors. Sometimes they cant't see the forest for the trees or don't want to!

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spike2

Nov-18-13 7:48 AM

I agree with Erik and Cap. You can't blame one juror. We were not on the jury and we did not here the evidence. The 16 year old could have remained in juvenile court and had his case heard by a judge. A judge may have viewed the evidence in a different light and placed the defendant in a juvenile facility. Again, we know very little about the case and will never no much about the defendant because he is still a minor. As to the LTE's, I don't think it is appropriate for employees of various agencies to comment on cases without disclosing their place of employment and involvement in a case.

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Williamsporter

Nov-18-13 7:12 AM

In addition to a strong case, they also need a strong ADA to prosecute. This is definitely sending the wrong message. A sixteen year-old now knows how to get away with rape.

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eriklatranyi

Nov-18-13 6:27 AM

Unfortunately, these cases are rarely cut & dry.

Many times, drugs and/or alcohol are involved, leading to distorted memories, inconsistent statements and unreliable testimony.

Even with all the facts, judges and juries find it difficult to discern the truth.

For those who do not have access to all the facts, taking one side or the other is wrong.

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Capricorn1

Nov-18-13 4:30 AM

One point to add, I think it's the responsibility of the District Attorney to ensure his prosecutors have a strong case before bringing it to trial. Anything less does a disservice to the victim and the community.

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Capricorn1

Nov-18-13 4:27 AM

What concerns me is that within two weeks you had two defendants on trial for rape. One trial ended in a mistrial and the other defendant was found not guilty. I hope this isn't sending the wrong message to the knuckleheads in Williamsport who may think they can get away with violating a woman. Crime statistics for Williamsport are already showing that rape is on an upward trend.

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