Skip to comments.Steubenville Convicted Rapist Will Appeal Because His 'Brain Isn't Fully Developed'
Posted on 03/19/2013 1:20:36 PM PDT by blam
Steubenville Convicted Rapist Will Appeal Because His 'Brain Isn't Fully Developed'
Alexander Abad-Santos, The Atlantic Wire
Since his defense strategy, claiming that a 16-year-old rape victim wasn't "so" drunk, has failed, the lawyer for one of the two Steubenville football players convicted of rape plans to appeal a guilty verdict, and is now claiming that the 16-year-old rapist's brain wasn't "developed" enough and his client should not have to be on a sex offenders list for life.
Walter Madison, the attorney for Ma'lik Richmond, went on Piers Morgan Tonight on Tuesday, explaining why he would appeal Sunday's verdict by 37-year juvenile court judge Thomas Lipps, and especially his sentencing of Richmond to at least one year in a rehabilitation center and the requirement to register as a sex offender. You can watch the video below, but here's the key "logic" from Madison:
I don't believe that a person at 75 years old should have to explain for something they did at 16 when scientific evidence would support your brain isn't fully developed ... when evidence in the case would suggest that you were under the influence.
"We have the right to appeal and that is a right we will be exercising," said Walter Madison, Richmond's attorney.
To review: Madison is arguing that a 16-year-old's brain is not fully functional enough to determine whether raping an unconscious girl is a bad decision. This comes after Madison made news during his last media tour, when he insisted before last week's rape trial that the Jane Doe victim's silence and unconsciousness amounted to consent. He said before the trial that the girl "made a decision to excessively drink... and leave with the boys," and that an Instagram photo of the girl being dragged by the
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Next: My client was just to stupid to know better?
with qualification like that (brain not developed) and experience screwing people,
he has a VERY promising career in politics ahead of him!
His ‘Brain Isn’t Fully Developed’
They still know right and wrong, regardless of whether the brain is fully developed, or not.
You don’t need a fully developed adult brain (and not all adults have fully developed brains btw) to understand the damn Golden Rule.
This is just assinine, and what I believe is that every shyster lawyer who uses this defense ought to be executed on the spot. And then his family fined $100,000 for wasting the courts’ time and providing crap legal counsel to his client.
What’s next? “Your honor, everybody knows that when these colored boys get heated up, it’s Katy bar the door...”
Wow. So his defense is:
“I’m sorry I did that, but I am not able to discern what I should or shouldn’t do at this point in my life so it’s not my fault. Can I go home now?”
Society has long conceded this point *to the extent that juveniles are handled differently than adults*. Like it or don’t like it a 15 year old is not handled the same as a 25 year old by the criminal justice system.
Having said that - the perp has already *had* that benefit - so in my view there is nothing more to be gained. They were tried as juveniles, sentenced as juveniles and all was done in accordance with how things of this sort are generally handled.
In other words - nice try but thanks for playing.
Lay all their progressive cards on the table.
According to Whoopi Goldberg, this isn’t really rape-rape. Just because a young girl, a minor, is chemically impaired doesn’t make it “rape rape”. Even if you resist and must be orally/anally sodomized.
The Obama administration let Polanski walk. The Democrats’ war on women continues.
“What difference does it make” - HRC
Animals in nature commit rape. It’s as natural as homosexuality. < /sex positive thinking >
Brain or no brain he sure did know how to rape. Is that activity tied to brain development?
under the sex positive agenda, rape is good -
after all, sex occurring is morally superior to sex not occurring.
The little bastards ought to be doing 25 years. Oh, and BTW, his brain will never be “fully developed”.
"You and me, baby, ain't nothin' but mammals, / So let's do it like they do it on the Discovery Channel"
They won’t come out openly in favor of rape but rape fantasy is not discouraged. And adult minor “mentorship” is amorally acceptable to them as well.
Too bad he can’t share a cell with Jerry Sandusky.
Some people with brains not fully developed grow up to be rapists, and others grow up to be Obama’s Vice President...
who pays for the attorney? I’d like to know.
So - for the ‘boys’; guess we move ‘drinking age’; driving age; Military Service age; up to ‘forty’? Though, that still leaves some of the boys; just still; being ‘boys’; no? At least; if they are raised as Liberals.
What I’d like to see is that as you finish the ninth grade...they bring you into a room and announce that you are now considered an adult and can be charged with adult crimes. Bring a court expert in and lay out the potential charges, and the length of time for each for a state-related offense. They deserve to know just how bad things can get.
Well, since he claiming his brain is not fully developed, probably from a Public School Indoctrination, he should be able to to sue Barack Obama for his loses !!!
wow. If he is mature enough for the left to hand them condoms and say have at it, then he is mature enough to be responsible for his actions.
And there you have the "psycho-babble" definition of "Really Horny"
Bailiff, whack his pee pee.
“I plead insanity”...
“That’s right insanity, I’m just crazy about that stuff”
By the time this nightmare is over these RAPISTS will be demanding a cabinet seat in the Obama Administration.
Has the girl apologized to the rapists yet?
I don't agree with you on that. I don't know that this jerk of a kid had even been taught right from wrong [I'd suspect not, but that would be racist]. Nonetheless, that does not or should not spare him from punishment.
That may be the only way he does learn.
Indeed...this was handled through the juvenile courts system. This farcical line of reason on the part of the convicted is laughable.
These two chuckleheads should count themselves extraordinarily fortunate they weren’t tried as adults. Were I the prosecutor, I certainly would have.
I would limit the “sex offender registering” stigma to maybe 10 years. Making it a life time thing is ridiculous. Boys like sex,.... is that a crime now?
Had he been using THAT brain instead of the fully developed "little head brain", he wouldn't have gotten in trouble.
You know, I have seen you making these absurd comments on a few threads about this rape case. Yes, boys like sex. They (and girls) are biologically programmed to reproduce and sexual feelings are enhanced by our responses to stimuli.
However, what these guys did isn’t merely “having sex”. They sexually assaulted someone who was unable to defend herself or scream for help or in any other way keep these animals from doing this to her.
If this is how “sex” is to you, I would suggest that you are mentally ill. I do think that you are actually the kind of liberal who goes on conservative sites and pretends to be extreme in the hopes that someone agrees with you, and you can then point and laugh at the Neanderthals.
Sex, not a crime. Rape, definitely a crime.
I’ve got news for his lawyer. That kids brain will never be fully developed.
95% of his Brothers voted for Obama, not one of them had a well developed brain.Including Stepenfetchit Colon Powell.Bush’s errand boy.
Holdin on to it all the time, same a seein a sagpants brutha’s butt crack will keep em heated up too.
I seem to remember Bill Cosby doing a routine about football and Brain damage. He might be better off using that defense.
‘brain not developed’
My question is...Which brain?
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