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It's bad enough to see a judge fail to act in the best interests of a child. It's positively disgusting to see it done so wilfully and wrongly.


A man in Vicenza, Italy, faced a 12-year prison sentence for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, continuing the appalling relationship for four months.


But Judge Simonetta Matone ruled that Antonio de Pascale's sentence be reduced to one year and four months because there existed "real love" between the man and the girl.


And because of a general amnesty for anyone who draws a sentence fewer than three years, de Pascale likely won't see a day in jail.


It's appalling that a judge can't grasp the concept of protecting children from unscrupulous sexual predators. And each further day that Matone sits on the bench compounds the travesty.

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DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 02/11/08 - 05:34 am
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WHATTT???? IS this judge for

WHATTT???? IS this judge for REAL? CUT HIS BALLS OFF! Fire the judge!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/11/08 - 08:04 am
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NAMBLA feels the same way as

NAMBLA feels the same way as this judge, as do many Americans. Speaking out against child abuse seems more popular then taking action, and less intrusive.

Republicant
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Republicant 02/11/08 - 08:21 am
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Mark Foley???? No, this is a

Mark Foley???? No, this is a girl we are talking about.
Seriously though, its disgusting.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 02/11/08 - 12:33 pm
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Let us leave Italian judges

Let us leave Italian judges for Italians to worry about. We have enough problems with liberal judges in this country.

johnsmith
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johnsmith 02/11/08 - 01:11 pm
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mgroot, as is so often the

mgroot, as is so often the case, you're right on target. Then again, with Souter and Co. citing foreign law in SCOTUS decisions, maybe we should be vigilant LOL...

jack
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jack 02/11/08 - 04:07 pm
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Republicant, Foley never had

Republicant, Foley never had sex with the paioge. However, teens seem to attract Congressmen like the DIM Here: Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.)
Freshman Reynolds was indicted on Aug. 19, 1994, on charges of having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker and then pressuring her to lie about it. Reynolds, who is black, denied the charges and said the investigation was racially motivated. The GOP belatedly put up a write-in candidate for November, but Reynolds dispatched him in the overwhelmingly Democratic district with little effort. Reynolds was convicted on Aug. 22, 1995 of 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography, was sentenced to five years in prison, and resigned his seat on October 1.

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