In Sleazy Massachusetts, What Does One Expect?


18-YEAR-OLD CHARGED WITH RAPE WILL NOT GO TO JAIL

 The proband – is that the correct word?
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An 18-year-old accused of sexually assaulting two high school classmates is facing two years of probation despite the district attorney’s office’s recommendation of two years in jail….
Scott Berkowitz, President of RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), was disappointed in the judge’s decision.
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  • “It’s really discouraging when everyone in the process does their job and … then you see a sentence like this,” Berkowitz told ABC News today.
  • He said the judge’s decision in this case is likely “discouraging for the victims” and also likely “deters other people from reporting their crimes” and “putting themselves through this entire criminal justice process,” because they will wonder, “is it worth it?….”

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“I don’t think it would ever occur to a judge or lawyer that after someone [was] convicted of a murder, that they [would] just get probation because they deserve a second chance,” Berkowitz said.

“There would be a universal understanding that there are consequences for committing a crime that bad.”

Oh Yeah?
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We should sympathise with Mr. Berkowitz’s indignation, but deplore his failure to recognise that, in Massachusetts, there’s a history of an absence of “consequences for committing a crime that bad.”