posted on Feb, 20 2004 @ 06:07 AM
This story breaks my heart and makes my blood boil at the same time!!
The logic that the idiot judge used in justifying his verdict, is beyond
absurd. People with no ability to objectively and fairly judge matters, which so heavily impact other people's lives, DO NOT need to be making these
kinds of decisions! This boy is not due to get out of prison until he is 36 years old!! FOR A BLOW JOB!!!!!!
Matthew Limon is a young man who has been diagnosed in the intellectual range between borderline intellectual functioning and mild mental
In February of 2000, Matthew and another male teenager were both students at the same co-ed residential school for developmentally disabled
youth in Miami County, Kansas. A week after Matthews 18th birthday, Matthew performed consensual oral sex on the other teenager, who was nearly
15 years old three years, one month and a few days younger than Matthew.
Kansas has a so-called Romeo and Juliet law (K.S.A. § 21-3522) that makes the penalty for statutory rape less severe when the case involves two
The Romeo and Juliet law reads: (a) Unlawful voluntary sexual relations is engaging in voluntary: (1) sexual intercourse; (2) sodomy;
or (3) lewd fondling or touching with a child who is 14 years of age but less than 16 years of age and the offender is less than 19 years of age and
less than four years of age older than the child and child and the offender are the only parties involved and are members of the opposite
Because the Romeo and Juliet law excludes gay people, Matthew was charged with criminal sodomy instead...
Matthew received a sentence of 17 years in prison, when a heterosexual teenager with the same record would serve a maximum of 15 months for
the same offense. Unlike a heterosexual teenager, he also must register as a sex offender and undergo 60 months of post-release
On June 26, the Court decided Lawrence v. Texas and overturned Bowers v. Hardwick, striking down sodomy laws nationwide. The next day,
the Supreme Court vacated the decision upholding Matthews conviction and sentence, and remanded his appeal for reconsideration in light of
Lawrence v. Texas, which ruled that the government cant have a different set of rules for gay people than it does for straight people.
But the Kansas court's reconsideration is written as if Lawrence v. Texas never even happened."
In its Dec.2003 decision, the Court gave three explanations for sentencing gays so much more severely: that doing so will reduce the spread of
sexually transmitted diseases, that doing so encourages "traditional sexual mores," and that doing so promotes procreation and marriage.
Selected Quotes from Justice Henry W. Green, Jr.s Opinion:
"Throughout history, governments have extolled the virtues of procreation as a way to furnish new workers, soldiers, and other useful members of
society. The survival of society requires a continuous replenishment of its members."
"When a child is born from a relationship between a minor and a young adult, the minor is often unable to financially support the newborn child. In
many cases, the minor is still a dependent. As a result, the financial burden to support the newborn child properly falls to the young adult.
Obviously, the young adult cannot furnish adequate financial support for the newborn child while he or she is incarcerated. The legislature could well
have concluded that incarcerating the young adult parent for a long period would be counterproductive to the requirement that a parent has a duty to
provide support to his or her minor child
On the other hand, same-sex relationships do not generally lead to unwanted pregnancies. As a
result, the need to release the same-sex offender from incarceration is absent."
I sincerely hope that every one of the anti-gay people who are so pissed off about San Francisco disregarding the CA state definition of marriage,
allowing gays to get hitched, find this story to be just as much of a sign of our society's collapse. If you don't, then you are nothing but
HYPOCRITES and can no longer claim that your negative opinions, about "rogue" judges that disregard Federal rulings, are based on anything other
than malicious prejudices.
Here's a final word from the judge that still understands the importance of equality:
Justice Joseph Pierron, Jr.
"Carved in stone above the pillars in front of the United States Supreme Court building are the words Equal Justice Under Law. In bronze
letters on the north interior wall of the Kansas Judicial Center we read Within These Walls The Balance Of Justice Weighs Equal. There are
reasons why we remind ourselves so graphically of the importance of equal justice. Persons in power and authority have historically been tempted to
discriminate against people they do not like or understand. If these personal and political dislikes become law and exceed the bounds of
constitutionality, the courts have been given the duty to be the final protectors of our ideal of equality under the law. This blatantly
discriminatory sentencing provision does not live up to American standards of equal justice."
[Edited on 20-2-2004 by jezebel]
[Edited on 20-2-2004 by SkepticOverlord]