False report? Real penalty

Maliciously reporting bogus crime should draw real jail time

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Kelsey Long was already in fairly significant trouble.

After a report of someone throwing eggs at cars and houses in Martinez early Easter morning, the 23-year-old Evans woman was reportedly stopped while driving a car on a suspended license, and with no insurance or valid vehicle registration. Allegedly with drugs in the vehicle. Then she had to be physically restrained after trying to flee.

But spreading Easter cheer through vandalism and resisting arrest wasn’t enough. She had to make things even worse.

Much worse.

Long is now charged with falsely claiming
that the arresting Columbia County deputy
raped her. In the 30 to 45 seconds it took to restrain her in a Martinez yard. As another officer stood by.

Not even her own passenger saw anything resembling such a thing.

Even after being warned that making a false report would result in a felony charge, she still made the report – which required a rape kit be done, the results of which are pending.

Few if any believe her at this point. And if it turns out to be a wholly specious and fabricated charge, it’s an unconscionable smear of a law enforcement officer.

It would be poetic justice in such cases if the law provided that a false and malicious criminal accusation would bring the accuser the same amount of prison time that the innocent party would’ve suffered if society had believed the accuser’s lie. In this case, that would be 25 years to life.

Don’t fabricate the crime if you don’t want to do the time.

At the very least, false and malicious accusations of serious crimes should earn serious prison time, not just a few months or a year.

Few nonviolent acts are as despicable or damnable as falsely accusing another human being of a serious crime.

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Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 04/04/13 - 08:04 am
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Justice Needed

    It would be poetic justice in such cases if the law provided that a false and malicious criminal accusation would bring the accuser the same amount of prison time that the innocent party would’ve suffered if society had believed the accuser’s lie. In this case, that would be 25 years to life (editorial).

Excellent idea. It's what God called for:

    (16) If a malicious witness arises to accuse a person of wrongdoing, (17) then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days. (18) The judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely, (19) then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. (20) And the rest shall hear and fear, and shall never again commit any such evil among you. (21) Your eye shall not pity. It shall be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot (Deuteronomy 19:16-21 English Standard Version).

Besides a jail sentence of 25 years to life, anyone who maliciously accuses someone else of a sexual crime ought to have to register as a sex offender or perhaps as a malicious witness. A public list of malicious witnesses would make people think twice before lodging false charges.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 04/04/13 - 08:42 am
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Good column by ACES

Good column by ACES

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 04/04/13 - 08:51 am
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That's
Unpublished

the long and short of it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/04/13 - 08:54 am
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I'd almost bet the rape kit

I'd almost bet the rape kit analysis will reveal positive results...just nothing connected to the officer.

lynnk595
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lynnk595 04/04/13 - 09:03 am
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Justice IS needed

Scott Dean's adopted daughter finally confessed that she lied when she accused him of immorality and said she could no longer live with the guilt. Why is he still in prison? It seems to me that letting him have his freedom back is the least the "guardians of justice" in Columbia county should do.

Hooray for RFK
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Hooray for RFK 04/04/13 - 09:48 am
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But our modern day sexual
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But our modern day sexual grievance industry, backed by feminist philosophy, has tapped into society's natural inclination to overreact to rape by insuring that "the woman must always be believed" attitude is institutionalized in our law enforcement apparatuses. They've done this by insisting on numerous rape reforms that make it easier and easier to arrest men and boys first, investigate later. They've done this by insisting that every claim of rape, no matter how outlandish or far-fetched, is treated by police with a gravitas previously reserved for a presidential assassination. We no longer need vigilante justice to give teeth to the attitude that "the woman must always be believed." Our law enforcement apparatuses live by that mantra.

The attitude that allows presumptively innocent men to be arrested, charged, and sometimes tried and convicted, on the basis of nothing more than an accuser's say so, can be seen in the Duke lacrosse charges, and a thousand other atrocities. A recent example is the Hofstra false rape case.

I think part of it has to do with that fact that when a rape accusation is made people automatically look at the accuser as the victim even before a scrap of evidence has been found/processed or investigation has taken place. By labeling her the "victim" before a single scrap of evidence has been admitted at a trial, much less an adjudication of guilt, you have immediately rushed to judgment and declared her allegation to be factual.
Such a description does a grave disservice to (1) the presumed innocent who are accused of such crimes since, by necessity, they must be guilty if their accusers are, in fact, "victims"; (2) actual rape victims, because you trivialize rape when you include among its victims women who might only be false accusers; and (3) your readers, who are entitled to accurate reporting but receive something less than that when you transform an accuser into a "victim."

Except now, it is politically correct, and the ones who urge restraint in automatically believing a rape charge before it is investigated are deemed to be misogynists.

Darby
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Darby 04/04/13 - 01:08 pm
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"I'd almost bet the rape kit analysis...

will reveal positive results...just nothing connected to the officer."
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Not unlike the Duke lacross team scam, or the Tawana Brawley - Al Sharpton rip-off??

KSL
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KSL 04/04/13 - 08:20 pm
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For being that crazy and

For being that crazy and stupid, she should not ever be allowed to vote.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 04/04/13 - 09:37 pm
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Darby, How could anyone with

Darby, How could anyone with a brain ever believe anything al sharpton ever said. And much less jessie jackson or his son.

mll
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mll 04/04/13 - 10:02 pm
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lynnk595 Undoubtedly the wheels of justice turn slowly

in Columbia Co. There are several odd things that have not been revealed in the Scott Dean saga. The grand jury was comprised of questionable people to me. Gerald Hargrove,the brother-in-law of the chief investigating officer, Sheriff Clay Whittle was on the jury, Gina Annis, wife of Judge Mike Annis was also on the jury. That seems to me at least a conflict of interest especially in the case of the Sheriff's brother-in-law. Since when would a relative of our Sheriff be on a grand jury responsible for indicting a local politician? Also, the existence of this letter from his accuser & adopted daughter has somehow been overlooked except by Dean's attorney. You'd think that several folks would be calling for a new trial at the very least. Seems to me that someone is doing a good job at delaying any means of seeking the truth.

Darby
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Darby 04/05/13 - 11:00 am
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Oooh! I got a "thumbs down" on that one.

Obviously, by mentioning Al the Sleaze, I crossed the "racist" line.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/05/13 - 10:47 pm
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It is particularly egregious

It is particularly egregious to make a false allegation of sexual misconduct considering we have become so hypersensitive to these issues. It is one of those things we have learned to err on the side of caution, sometimes to the detriment of innocent people accused of the crime.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/05/13 - 10:51 pm
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Darby...

Stupid is as stupid does; so ignore the red thumbs when calling a spade a spade. Anyone who would thumbs down a negative comment about Al obviously has about the same IQ as Al.

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