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Well, Augusta, you got your pound of flesh from Joe Neal Jr. (“Lawyer is handed three years’ probation,” June 7) Don’t sit there and whine about how he got special treatment.

As a practicing lawyer who watched this from the sidelines very closely, it was clear to me from the onset that this case was over-indicted from the beginning. That’s why I called it a “B.S.” case when a local TV news reporter stuck a microphone in my face during the trial coverage.

Clearly, Joe did some things of which he should be ashamed – no one disputes that. He needs to clean up his act. However, when the alleged “victim” chuckled her way through reading text messages in open court, it became clear to all – judge, jury, D.A. and the public – that there could have been a much more sinister component to this case in which the question of “who is the victim?” became less and less clear.

Thus, for those of you who banter about Neal getting off lightly, hush! He faced life in prison and had to fight for his life. Thank goodness he could afford to fight – or the justice you would then have, Augusta, would be a chuckler with buyer’s remorse sending a father to prison for crimes he never came close to committing!

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/14/12 - 04:38 am
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Yeah, a great father. Get a

Yeah, a great father. Get a girl who can't legally drink alcohol drunk, high on marijuana, have a threesome with her and your wife, then blame Augusta for causing your problems. The VICTIM nervously laughed having to read texts in court and that makes her gulity. I am sooooooo sorry for Neal being a victim.

TrickMe
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TrickMe 06/14/12 - 07:09 am
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She may not be old enough to

She may not be old enough to drink alcohol in the state of Georgia. She would be old enough to join our military and go to war. She at least accepted an invitation to go over there - not to babysit-but to drink wine with Joe's wife. Obviously a bad decision on her part. Joe and Caroline's actions were deplorable, skanky, sinister and seedy. But hearing some of the details of the case, I say very hard to call this rape. This girl was the daughter of a woman Joe used to date. Apparently, once her boyfriend, mom and father found out, she changed her tune. At least the day after the incident she called Joe a sexy daddy in a text message presented in court. Something doesn't add up. After Joe and the mom stopped dating and shortly after he and Caroline were married, more than once I saw the three of them out together at restaurants around town drinking wine together - the three of them. Seemed like an odd thing to me at the time: a newly-married, young wife with her much older husband and his ex-girlfriend (Joe's age) . . . . . . . . . just didn't sit right with me.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/14/12 - 07:17 am
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The girl

She could have walked away....ran out of his house.....I'm sure the babysitting money wasn't THAT much......
The jury did what they had to do & so did the Judge....imho

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/14/12 - 07:22 am
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Seeing both sides
Unpublished

I used to be one of those people who told endless lawyer jokes. That stopped when I needed one to defend me against BS charges. I won, and also gained a whole new respect for them. If you still feel this way about lawyers, keep in mind, chances are good, one day, you'll need one.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 06/14/12 - 07:39 am
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I always said not guilty of

I always said not guilty of rape but guilty of stupidity, horrible conduct, and an embarrassment to his family. He should be ashamed of his actions and seek help. As a poster said earlier he will never live this down.

jbartley
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jbartley 06/14/12 - 08:34 am
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Be Scared

Everyone should be scared to death with the actions of the DA’S office. You have a private party at your home and you have alcohol and food at your Christmas party for “family and friends”. And a 18 to 20 year old that is a guest at your party walks up to your bar and gets a glass of wine or two, makes a choice later that night to have sex with you Married or not “is nothing more the bad choices on her part”! But a DA the try’s to put you in jail and "gets" your license suspends to practice Law even before a trial, be SCARED TO DEATH.

burninater
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burninater 06/14/12 - 11:01 am
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The last sentence of this

The last sentence of this letter is repulsive. "Thank Goodness he could afford to fight..."

Gee. I wonder why jail is full of poor people.

If a man from the other side of the tracks received this sentence after giving drugs and alcohol to an underage babysitter and then had sexual relations with her while intoxicated, this letter would be about the decline of morals and criminals getting off easy.

avidreader
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avidreader 06/14/12 - 11:41 am
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Enough is Enough

Mr. Steinmetz, your letter is spot-on. A community cannot allow emotions to dictate the rules of law. Yes, Joe is a stupid man. Yes, Joe is a philanderer. However, his life is pretty much ruined in this community. If he chooses to remain in Augusta, he will live with this stigma forever. His law practice will collapse, and wherever he goes, he will know that the four staring people in the corner booth at the local restaurant are whispering his name. And it's sad that the teen girl and the ex-wife will probably not have to face the same embarrassment.

David Parker
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David Parker 06/14/12 - 03:13 pm
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if you lay down with the

if you lay down with the dogs, you're bound to get some fleas...

boodroe
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boodroe 06/14/12 - 03:31 pm
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Able to Fight

Joe Neal Jr is a lawyer and is sworn to uphold the lawyer why isn't him giving alcohol to a minor a felony? Also why isn't he disbarred he admits to using marijuana that is illegal.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 06/14/12 - 03:33 pm
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Why are people held
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Why are people held responsible for all of their conduct when they are intoxicated, but not for their sexual behavior. If I am drunk and kill someone in my car, I am responsible. If I am drunk and have sex....somehow it is rape because I am no longer responsible.....makes no sense at all.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 06/14/12 - 03:54 pm
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Same old, same old

If it acts like a dog, it's probably a dog.

Nothing new here a'tall, a'tall. There's just more prominence involved and therefore, it attracts more outrage from us rabble.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 06/14/12 - 05:16 pm
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Mr. Neal is supposed to be an

Mr. Neal is supposed to be an adult....Sadly he has exhibited teenage behavior. Probably not much better than the kids the young lady went to high school with...Hopefully he will get help and rethink his priorities. And hopefully this young lady will realize that there are many predators out there who will use others to their means......
A learning experience for both...
One thing though....apologists for Mr. Neal?...Please.....Him a victim?
Really? You guys want to stick to that story????

boodroe
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boodroe 06/14/12 - 05:19 pm
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Hmm the letter writer is Joe Neal's brother in law

The guy is defending Joe Neal becaus he is his brother in law so I guess he approves of his lifestyle

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/14/12 - 09:25 pm
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30 Second Man

At least we can call him the 30 second man whenever we see him.

Y'all talk about his career being ruined, but he just said he's about to win the biggest case in Augusta government history. That'll get him a few million.

Billyds999
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Billyds999 06/14/12 - 09:27 pm
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Give him a break...

Bull... Give me a break. Just a few months ago we are bashing this lady up in Columbia County because she had a party for her kid, and had other under-age kids there - drinking. We bashed her for contributing to the dilenquency of a minor. Ok, so there were more than one, but...was she getting them drunk and having her way with them when they were saying "no"? IMHO She deserves our appologies since we are letting this cat go free!

I thought that saying "no", and someone doing the deed any way was classified as rape. I guess I led a sheltered life. So exactly when does "no" mean "yes". Confused...

TrickMe
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TrickMe 06/14/12 - 09:55 pm
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She texted him the next day

She texted him the next day that he was a sexy daddy. Yeah, right, sure she said no. Geeze

TrickMe
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TrickMe 06/14/12 - 09:55 pm
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She texted him the next day

She texted him the next day that he was a sexy daddy. Yeah, right, sure she said no. Geeze

Burning man
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Burning man 06/14/12 - 10:06 pm
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Apparently, this "victim"'s

Apparently, this "victim"'s parents don't seem to be paying a whole lot of attention to what their daughter does, because she went from having sex at one house with 2 people over to another house where she had sex with her boyfriend. Mighty busy for an 18 year old and one whose next day text messages seem mighty playful and not at all traumatized.

She got buyer's remorse and almost put someone who by her own admissions and text messages did not rape her in jail for life.

Burning man
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Burning man 06/14/12 - 11:19 pm
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Excuse me, Mr. Burninater

So a man who actually has the means to defend himself should be vilified if he chooses to fight for his life? If you were guilty of unlawful gun possession but not guilty of the murder committed with the gun, and you spent every dime you had to keep from going to jail for life, would we, too, be permitted to be "repulsed"?

Get real, Bubba, and save your "unequal justice" crap for NPR and the ACLU! The jail, last time I went down there to bail someone out, is full NOT of poor people, but BAD people and/or people who have done bad things.

Every one of us in Neal's shoes would've done what he did - defend himself, and while he has a lot of things to be ashamed of, and at least 3 things he admitted to being guilty of, he damn sure need not be ashamed of or feel guilty for defending himself.

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