Why The (Pre)Judicial System Is Flawed

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A few days ago, I read a story about a 19-year-old young man who has to spend the next 25 years as a registered sex offender.  I can’t imagine what that does to a young person to live such a restricted, embarrassing, scrutinized existence at such a young age–to be pre-judged due to a label that has such a social stigma attached–sex offender!!  When we hear or read the words “sex offender”, we automatically think we should fear for our safety.  We think the absolute worst.  We want to shelter our children.  We want to keep those people out of our neighborhoods.  We don’t want them in our churches.  Some people have even gone as far as to require signs in the person’s yard that announces a registered sex offender lives there.  We think of these people as being child molesters, rapists, people who possess child pornography, people who knowingly have sex with underage children.  We think of those episodes of Law & Order: SVU.  We remember those stories of teachers getting pregnant by their students.  We think of those coaches that abused boys in the showers of the locker rooms.  We think they are the scum of the earth and utterly disgusting.  We spend hours online researching the amount of offenders in the area before we consider buying a home in a particular neighborhood.  We don’t want them around us, and we don’t want to be around them.

 

We never consider the cases where people are wrongly accused, the cases where a seemingly honest mistake was made, or in Zach Anderson’s case, where a judge and his own prejudicial thoughts against young people play a role in the case and its subsequent judgment.  Being from Texas, I’m all too familiar with people who are supposed to separate church and state using their religious beliefs to pass judgment that changes a person’s life forever.

Long story short, Zach met a young lady online using the dating app Hot or Not.  They linked up (met and had sex) and went their separate ways.  Zach, a recent high school graduate with his whole life ahead of him, thought nothing wrong of it.  Supposedly she was only 2 years his junior, which should have made it okay.  Boy was he wrong.  As it turns out, the girl was only 14 years old!  Her mother called the police that night, because she thought her daughter had gone missing.  Are we starting to see a pattern here with this girl?  She lies about her age.  She creates an adult account on a dating site.  She sneaks out the house making her mother worry…**huge sigh**

Poor Zach is arrested at his place of employment a few days later.  He is ultimately charged and branded a sex offender, with the most crucial restrictions ever.  Now, get this–the mother stated she didn’t want charges filed after she learned the truth about the incident and her daughter’s lies.  The girl admitted she was wrong and agreed that nothing should happen to Zach.  Here is the kicker–the JUDGE wanted to make an example of out Zach and court documents clearly show that he threw the book at Zach because he didn’t approve of young’s people’s wham bam thank you ma’am culture, citing it as “totally inappropriate.”

This is the flaw I see in the system.  How is it that we can sit here and see this guy did nothing wrong, yet he is still charged and his life ruined because of someone’s lies?  Not only that, but because the judge is a prude, he makes an example out of an otherwise good kid.  This boy is on record as saying this is his first time hooking up with someone online, and only his second time having sex–ever!  I have seen this happen all too often, especially where I’m from.  These hot-tailed girls get guys caught up.  Let’s be honest, these little girls are wearing makeup, wearing their mother’s heels, wearing skimpy clothing, and do NOT wear ponytails like children.  They look like adults.  They walk like adults.  They talk like adults.  It’s jacked up that guys now have to ask for identification before even holding a conversation with a girl.  Very sad!!

There are legitimate cases where these guys should be thrown under the jail.  Yes.  But, in my opinion, this is not one of those cases.  This boy had aspirations of being in the computer field, yet due to his restrictions, he can’t own a computer or smartphone for the next 5 years.  I believe he deserves justice.  Period.  Once the facts came out, this guy’s case should have been dropped.  He should not have been subject to this grand a-hole of a judge and his antiquated opinions.  I have children, and their safety is of the utmost importance to me.  I would not want anyone to take advantage of my daughters, but I wouldn’t want anyone to wrongly accuse my sons either.  So, now not only do I have to teach them how to behave if they are ever pulled over, I have to caution them about little thotlettes on the internet and how pu$$y can ruin their entire lives.  Thanks biased judges.  Thanks a lot.

To find out more about Zach and his parents’ efforts to vindicate him, visit their Facebook page here.

~ShonJay

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