Can You Guess What This Person Was Charged With?

This is one that you might actually get, but it involves the curious response of Robert Scott, 78, to a 29-year-old woman who rejected his advances in Louisiana.

Source: Can You Guess What This Person Was Charged With?

And so this site continues its online perp walk tradition, whereby it publicly shames and encourages ridicule of people who haven’t been convicted of anything and who probably haven’t yet had a chance to present a defense.

Isn’t into fun to gawk and giggle and shake our heads at these (alleged) weirdos? (That’s sarcasm.)

Despite great respect for the professor, I find all of these posts disturbing. Public mocking of the accused isn’t noble and it does not model or teach a laudable approach to criminal law (or any law). Tacking on quotes from an obscenity statute doesn’t make the post professorial or otherwise redeem it. This whole series of derisive posts appeals to base instincts and amounts to toilet humor about people who haven’t been given an opportunity to speak for themselves.

Have you been accused of an odd or unseemly crime? We’ll spread the news and post your photo so the world can have a good laugh. Oh, you haven’t been convicted? No matter! We’re quite sure you’re a degenerate. (Sarcasm again.)

All of this encourages contempt for basic principles that should guide and discipline our writing about the criminally accused.

The professor is so thoughtful and incisive in his other types of posts; I’ll never understand these though.


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