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The government has been mindless in dealing with Wendy Whitaker.

It doesn't have to be heartless too.

The 29-year-old Harlem woman was about to be evicted from her home by Thanksgiving due to her dubious status as a registered sex offender -- for having participated in a consensual act with a fellow teen back when she was 17.

Thankfully, a Columbia County judge spared her the indignity and affront of being tossed out of her and her husband's home (for being within 1,000 feet of a day care center and church), at least on one of the great American holidays.

She will be safe in her home while her federal lawsuit against the mindless law goes on. We hope she prevails. She's a former teenager who made a big mistake -- a far cry from the kind of child molester the law intends to catch in its net.

Regarding such an otherwise upstanding young woman as a dangerous sex offender unfit to live near a church or day-care is not only cruel and unusual punishment, it's inhumane.

It's unworthy of a Nathaniel Hawthorne novel.

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intheknow
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intheknow 11/26/08 - 07:42 am
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Damned if you do, damned if

Damned if you do, damned if you don't. There is a very thin line between protecting the public and ensuring that no one's civil rights are violated. Just as in cases where the guilty sometimes goes free in order to protect one rights to a fair trial, someone times a person may receive what is perceived by many to be a harsher sentence than they deserve. There is not doubt that in today's society me must protect our children from those who prey on them. The hard part is reaching the one thing that does not exist. A perfect solution.

pofwe
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pofwe 11/26/08 - 08:01 am
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10-4

10-4

ThatOne
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ThatOne 11/26/08 - 09:00 am
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Where was the outcry from the

Where was the outcry from the AC editorial staff when Genarlow Wilson went through hell??

egan
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egan 11/26/08 - 10:19 am
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The judges should throw out

The judges should throw out the whole sex offender law and make them start frim scratch. Maby they will get it right the second time around.

sanders23
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sanders23 11/26/08 - 10:53 am
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big mistake?? poor girl may

big mistake?? poor girl may have made mistakes before, but this is not a mistake on her part. I really hope his parents feel sorry for themselves messing with this girls future. My parents would have slapped me around for the "mistake" and made sure the girl was alright, not me. This whole case is BS.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 11/26/08 - 11:58 am
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The US Supreme Court should

The US Supreme Court should either throw the entire law out or uphold the whole thing. Because, that is where this case looks like it is heading. Thurbert Baker or Michael Mukasey will appeal this decision if she wins this lower court decision.

sanders23
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sanders23 11/26/08 - 12:13 pm
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will..please enlighten me.

will..please enlighten me. who are Baker & Mukasey? lawyers? or his parents?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/26/08 - 01:54 pm
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I like the way the AC

I like the way the AC discreetly prints Ms Whitaker's name and her oral sex act every other day. A picture and her address should be included every time they speak out for her rights.

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