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fairmaiden
December 20th, 2016, 08:36 PM
This was published today.

Back in May, three white high school football players in Idaho were charged with sexual assault after they abused their black mentally disabled teammate with a coat hanger in October 2015. Now, at least one of the attackers won't face any jail time.

One of the bullies, 19-year-old John R.K. Howard, pled guilty last week to a felony count of injury to a child. That's a lesser charge than he originally faced, forcible sexual penetration by a foreign object, which could've landed Howard in prison for life. Now though, Howard will avoid any prison or jail time at all, and could even have his conviction dismissed if he completes his two- to three-year probation without committing any new crimes or violations, according to MagicValley.com.

Before that, another one of the bullies, 17-year-old Tanner Ward, had his adult felony charges dismissed as a result of a plea deal, though he still faced at least one juvenile charge, Magic Valley reported in September. The third teen was also charged as a juvenile, so his case has been completely sealed.

Howard will be ordered to serve 300 community service hours in addition to his two to three years of probation. If Howard violates his probation, the maximum punishment a judge could order is 10 years in prison along with a fine of up to $50,000.

Deputy Attorney General Casey Hemmer told District Judge Randy Stoker that Howard's actions were "egregious" and caused "a lot of suffering" for the victim." Nonetheless, Hemmer said it was neither a sex crime nor a hate crime, which is why they lowered the charges.

According to the Daily Kos, uncensored reports from the school’s internal investigation found that Ward abused the victim with a black plastic hanger. According to the reports, Howard, who has a history of dry humping other players, likely "kicked the hanger multiple times, either embedding it into the rectum of (victim), or embedding it further."

Hemmer doesn't consider the incident to be racially motivated. While "there are things that we found going around that school and that locker room involving a lot of the parties here that had racial undertones," Hemmer told the judge, "It’s not our belief that this was a racially motivated crime."

Hemmer continued, "This was more of a vulnerable-victim motivated crime. I think it probably would have happened to anybody that was in the same kind of circumstances and mental state as the victim here."

That's despite the fact that the victim, who uses a wheelchair and suffers from mental disabilities, alleged that his attackers used racist language against him like the N-word, "chicken eater," "Kool-Aid," and "watermelon," and even forced him to learn a Ku Klux Klan song while holding a Confederate flag.

Read more here (http://uk.complex.com/life/2016/12/white-teenager-walks-free-after-verbally-sexually-assaulting-black-mentally-challenged-teammate-with-hanger?utm_campaign=complexmag&utm_campaign=complexmag&utm_campaign=complexmag&utm_campaign=complexmag&utm_campaign=complexmag&utm_source=twitter&utm_source=twitter&utm_source=twitter&utm_source=twitter&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_medium=social&utm_medium=social&utm_medium=social&utm_medium=social)

This is absolutely heartwrenching. I remember reading about the situation a few months ago. The magnitude of the situation is enormous, which leads me to wonder why he pleaded guilty to a much lesser charge.

I'm also struggling to conceptualise how they could think that this wasn't a sex crime, and why they didn't think it was racially motivated when the evidence obviously points to it being so.

So many discrepancies.

I hope the poor boy is doing ok and able to recover from this horrific ordeal.

Dalcourt
December 20th, 2016, 10:37 PM
I read about the whole thing, too.
This is how our justice system works.

I hope the victim can recover from these horrible things done to him.

Desynchronized
December 20th, 2016, 10:59 PM
Absolutely terrific man. But i agree at there with peanut, these r the loopholes of law here.

Just JT
December 20th, 2016, 11:56 PM
That's horrible. Disgusting.
That's one of those crimes that I think should have an automatic no appeals immediate death sentence for. But then that wouldn't be Avery Christian thing to do now would it?

Kahn
December 21st, 2016, 03:02 PM
Absolutely terrible.

Amethyst Rose
December 21st, 2016, 04:17 PM
That's horrible. He didn't deserve that and I hope he can fully recover. Pointless crimes like these are just disgusting.

Porpoise101
December 21st, 2016, 04:50 PM
What is wrong with these people? That is terrible.

Hopefully they will find more luck in the Federal District Court.

Uniquemind
December 22nd, 2016, 12:47 AM
That's horrible. Disgusting.
That's one of those crimes that I think should have an automatic no appeals immediate death sentence for. But then that wouldn't be Avery Christian thing to do now would it?

No, the death penalty isn't anti-christian at all. I mean look at Revelation, it's talking about an eternal spiritual death penalty.


This is absolutely heartwrenching. I remember reading about the situation a few months ago. The magnitude of the situation is enormous, which leads me to wonder why he pleaded guilty to a much lesser charge.

I'm also struggling to conceptualise how they could think that this wasn't a sex crime, and why they didn't think it was racially motivated when the evidence obviously points to it being so.

So many discrepancies.

I hope the poor boy is doing ok and able to recover from this horrific ordeal.


Welcome to a snapshot of the real world, where procedure and protocol, if done correctly overrules common sense, and evidence at face value with common sense has to then be proven "beyond a reasonable doubt".

And the gray areas always involve abstractions like "defining the intent from which object was pushed into rectum"

It's not possible to defend or argue that object was not in rectum, so then the lawyer's next move is to argue the intention behind how it got there.

It's the same dynamic as to why sexual crimes are hard to prove because a sex crime is hard to prove.

The only reason we have to prove it is because a face-value good concept of "innocent until proven guilty, and proof beyond a reasonable doubt" exist. It's a negative side-effect.