John Garrison’s incisive Comment of the Day decisively adds Kaitlyn Hunt’s parents to the Kaitlyn Hunt Ethics Train Wreck, which has already enlisted them, the vigilante group Anonymous (itself a self-perpetuating ethics train wreck), the lazy news media, which apparently misreported the essential facts of the case, and the social media as passengers since my first post on the debacle.
Here are his comments on the follow-up post, The Kaitlyn Hunt Affair: Upon Further Review:
“There are a number of things that concern me about this case. First, I do agree that the law is very harsh in Florida. But we never seem to get the actual story from Kaitlyn’s parents. At first, they said that they were 17 when they started dating, and that the parents vindictively waited until Kaitlyn turned 18. That story seems to have changed around the time the police report was released stating that actual ages of the girls. At that time, the family claimed that the police not redacting the address was retaliation against them going to the media, even though it is not remotely unusual for the police not to redact the address of the accused.
“They have claimed that this prosecution (not just the complaint) is based on their girls sexual orientation, even though the very “Romeo and Juliet” law that might keep their daughter’s name of the sex offender list was written because of how often this happens to what is fair to assume is a majority of heterosexual relationships. They have claimed that the police “conspired to entrap” their daughter with the controlled call, even though a controlled pretext call seems to be the way these cases are usually handled when the victim is willing, rather than some extraordinary circumstance that was only applied to them.
“The telling part to that last statement is the willing victim. According to the police press conference, the 14-year-old girl might have filed the complaint with her parents, and certainly cooperated with the phone call. This is not the same as a wiretapping, which some sites are claiming.”
“I’ve also repeatedly seen that the plea deal being offered wouldn’t guarantee that she did not appear on the sex offenders list, but in the article below, the D.A. specifically says that it does guarantee such a thing. Is this a case of the media just not keeping up with the fact, which is obvious, or is this an attempt at the family to make the situation seem more sinister? With their history, I can’t make that call.
“I sympathize with Kaitlyn, but her parents are doing her a disservice by constantly playing up the victim role when there is no evidence that such is the case. It would be much easier for me to get behind Kaitlyn if they were handling this with some acknowledgment of responsibility on her part, instead of trying to pass the blame everywhere else. And it would also really help if this wasn’t the only sex crime in the history of sex crimes where almost no article actually mentions that sex was involved. Many of the comments on news sites are under the impression that the girls didn’t do anything sexual because it isn’t mentioned anywhere in the story, not even the headlines, which all say she is charged with a same-sex relationship, not sex with a minor. Whenever these cases involve a boy, the headline is “18 year old man charged with having sex with a minor”, not “teenage boy charged with dating a girl.”
UPDATE: Go here. The parents of the victim allege something more serious than a simple romance, and say that the anti-gay motives attributed to them are untrue.