Bottom Line

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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