Novelist John Grisham says child porn sentences too harsh

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KOMO: Novelist John Grisham says the United States is handing out unduly harsh prison sentences for child pornography offenses to men who probably just had too much to drink and “pushed the wrong buttons.”
Grisham told Britain’s Daily Telegraph that U.S. prisons were “filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who have never harmed anybody, would never touch a child.”
He said many of those jailed “got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.”
In an interview published Thursday to promote his latest legal thriller, “Gray Mountain,” Grisham said he had “no sympathy for real pedophiles” but that others were being punished too harshly.
He went on to share the story of a friend from law school who was caught in a “sting” operation and served time in prison for downloading child pornography.
“His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website. It was labeled ’16-year-old wannabe hookers’ or something like that’. … So he went there. Downloaded some stuff — it was 16-year-old girls who looked 30. He shouldn’t have done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And, God, a week later there was a knock on the door: ‘FBI!’ and it was sting set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch people — sex offenders — and he went to prison for three years.”
He did add, “I have no sympathy for real pedophiles,” he said, “God, please lock those people up. But so many of these guys do not deserve harsh prison sentences, and that’s what they’re getting.
Youth protection charities now are slamming the blockbuster author for his “irresponsible,” “inaccurate” and “dangerous” comments.
Jon Brown from the U.K.’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children told WENN, “There is no excuse for viewing images of child abuse. Is it OK to beat someone up and say it was a one-off or that you were drunk? No. Sex offenders will often use the ‘I was drunk’ excuse but alcohol is simply revealing their true nature.”
Mr. Grisham’s comments send a dangerous message that ‘just looking’ at images online causes no harm. In fact, every image is a real child who has suffered and every time these images are clicked on or downloaded it creates demand that ultimately fuels more child abuse.”
Child protection charity ECPAT UK’s spokesman, Bharti Patel, added, “John Grisham’s statements are entirely irresponsible. With the rise in abusive images of children across the globe, there is a need to strengthen laws and to criminalise those that access abusive images of children. … There can be no excuse or leniency in this. His statement clearly sends out the wrong signal …
Viewing abusive images of children is child abuse and a violation of the rights of children. His statement is also inaccurate as there is evidence which shows that those who access abusive images of children frequently go on to groom children online through social media and chat rooms, as well as initiate contact abuse.”
After the bad press backlash he received for these statements, Grisham issued an apology:
“Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography—online or otherwise—should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” he wrote in a statement on his website.
He continued: “My comments… were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable. I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all.”
With the release and promotion of his new book, I’m sure he does regret having made these comments speaking in defense of his friend.
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19 responses to “Novelist John Grisham says child porn sentences too harsh

  1. Hard to believe an intelligent man like Grisham wouldn’t know the implications of what he said. Why would someone of his reputation stick his neck out for his supposedly innocent friend from law school? Something doesn’t smell right.

     
    • Well, we all know how “harsh” Britain is in dealing with their pedophiles (especially the elite)…..

       
    • My guess is he thinks he “smells which way the wind is blowing” so to speak, and is getting in his pedophile apologetic early in hopes of winning favor of the devil worshipers… Just a guess though.

       
  2. Aw, they’re just mis-understood… apparently, left/liberals need their support.
    http://straightrazorplace.com/attachments/beginners/170381d1403361281-its-not-your-razor-its-you-candyvan.jpg

     
  3. Too much to drink but he was still able to surf the net and download what he liked. Pretty skilled in either drinking or surfing porn, or both. Souinds like pieces of this story are missing.

     
  4. Look, the law says if you are present at an armed robbery and one of your colleagues uses a firearm and kills someone, you are also guilty of that crime. And, that the robber was high or totally strung out, so what? He was there, committed the basic crime, and so….. Apply that legal standard to his friend and what do you have? He was present, participated and tried to leave after the crime(s). Result? Guilty. Period. He went, he viewed, he enjoyed, he downloaded, and who knows what else.
    I for one am sick to death of such misplaced, false empathy.
    Furthermore, it’s fine to be a genuine, stand-up guy & friend. Do it, Mr G. Visit him in prison – – often, with reassuring regularity and honest, caring concern. Work with a prison transition and post-incarceration program. Even better, it’s despirately needful of quality, well grounded folk, and is really, really valuable. Commit to it. Go do it!
    But, all that righteous loyalty, genuine affection and well-grounded concern does not warrant, need or much less justify going public, regardless of the profoundly confused reasons. The guy e-walked right in, sat right down, worked through the menu, ordered what his heart desired, paid for it, and tried to go on his way. Thankfully, someone who cares and has authority was watching. That is not some harmless “Oops.”
    As Beretta used to remark, “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”
    Child porn is not victimless, Mr. G.

     
  5. If the RCMP can track the visitors to an illicit site, they should direct their efforts to tracking down the web hosters, and site administrators too.
    Like was already commented, This guy is an elitist with special rules which apply to his friends, and probably some details were conveniently left out of the story.
    Exploiting a child is the same as hurting a child.
    What dumb Britishers care what this guy thinks anyway? He’s no Sean Penn.

     
  6. All the more reason to don’t drink and surf on the internet. Really, it’s pretty dumb to drink while doing anything that could land you in jail or damage someone. We are breeding a nation of alcoholics.

     
  7. The very notion that someone inebriated could “happen upon” child porn is ridiculous, at least in the context of surfing porn sites, that kind of filth requires specifically looking in the “right places” for it.
    One can, disgustingly enough, accidentally stumble across it in videochats, however, such as “omegle” etc. because of the destruction of morality in present culture, even 12 year old girls (or younger) don’t have any compunction against flashing their “breasts” or doing other things, even to random people they don’t know, because its “exciting” or they think it wins them “attention” and “popularity” (Consider this story which should be news, but isn’t: http://www.techworm.net/2014/10/thesnappening-org-hacked.html Did you all see that? Snapchat, the company, and certain irresponsible parents allowed for children as young as 13 to be naked on camera, which allowed for the secondary service to save the images, the secondary service got hacked, and now there is a huge file floating around the internet with lots of “free” pedophilic material, not to put too fine a point on it but this is why no child should be given camera phones or be permitted to use webcams, ever, regardless of whatever simpering excuse comes up “homework” or “have to fit in with friends” etc. No Excuse justifies leaving a child alone with a camera.) Then there is this: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/sexting-is-becoming-the-new-norm-for-teenagers-growing-up-study-finds-9779356.html
    It can be stopped, but this requires parents actually not catering to their kids demands for a “phone”, and requires them to be responsible, something also in short supply these days, as most people seem to be having children for the sake of having something more akin to a pet and a “doll” that they can play dress up with, instead of understanding the child is an actual person for which they are directly responsible, and accountable, for.
    The children themselves, being left to the devices of the servants of the devil within the “school system” who are “just following orders” in the classroom, also become a liability to each other, as only immorality is imparted to their minds in classes such as “sex ed”. Plainly put, putting a child in the public school system is effectively victimizing them from the get-go, as those who would do them harm, have gone from sneaking by the fences to running the facility.
    Not only are sentences not strict enough (Bar them from the internet entirely, forbid their residence in or around any community or within walking distance of a residence, etc.), they don’t even handle the situation correctly either, I greatly suspect that Mr. Grisham, if not a perp himself, is looking to secure his publishing future by sucking up to the puppets of evil, and their pedophilic agenda. But again we should remember, this vile plan of the puppets of evil can be stopped, if effort is made, parents must absolutely be encouraged to discard all cameraphones and other worthless wads of spyware (such as webcams) and keep their kids both out of public school, and off of the internet (and out of any private or charter school which does not align to proper Christian standards). None of these items is essential for life in the modern world, especially not for children that the parent cannot find the time to be supervising.
    Pardon if this ended up a bit long-winded.

     
    • I agree Seumas,
      I’m probably going to sound socially retarded to those who like to do what’s “in” or follow mainstream, but none of my children have access to a cell phone, ipod/ipad, or camera and my oldest two are homeschooled. I remember watching a youtube demo video on a mom showing a type of hairstyle on her daughter and I noticed during the entire video, the daughter kept her ipad in her lap while playing a video game. I thought to myself ‘this video is just a small sample of this child with this electronic device, she probably uses it all day’. I sent a message to the mother letting her know how dangerous it is for her to allow her daughter (everyone really) access to a radiation device close to her reproductive organs especially during development. And we wonder why cancer has become as mainstream as electronic devices.
      Even aside from the cancer/radiation issue is the child predator issue. Predators feel empowered hiding behind a computer to go after children. No good comes from children using those devices. It is akin to giving a child, not only false empowerment, but a loaded weapon. We are ignorantly trusting our children will be mature and responsible (which is an oxymoron in itself) with devices that have great potential to cause harm (children posting naked pics of themselves, children emailing threats when angry, children happening upon porn sites, children being lured by predators and then raped/killed, children developing cancer and carpel tunnel at alarming rates, etc.).
      It’s our job as parents to look after the best interest of our children, regardless of what mainstream says.

       
      • We are ignorantly trusting our children will be mature and responsible (which is an oxymoron in itself) with devices that have great potential to cause harm (children posting naked pics of themselves…” Yep, one just need to browse through Tumblr for some time and you will be disgusted with the amount of porn that minors are viewing, and the number that post pictures of themselves in minimal (if any) clothing. Bet there are tons of perps there viewing a massive amount of minor porn.
        Your kids aren’t missing anything!

         
        • DCG,
          I see the way kids dress today: boys wearing skintight pants or pants falling off the behinds (perfect for homosexuals-this originated in prison), girls barely dressed and looking like hookers (even at the beach, they wear string and call it a swim “suit”). This is all unfolding as a dream come true for pedophiles. Our children are presenting themselves to these sycophants and parents turn a blind eye because they are either caught up in their work, cell phones, sex, apathy, social media, or wine from upper-class liquor stores to care that the children are being groomed for satan’s desires. If it’s not for Jesus, then it’s against him and mostly nothing I see today is for Jesus.

           
      • Indeed MomofIV, it isn’t just the radiation factor, one aspect that many parents completely forget about is that “mobile” phones have GPS tracking capability, and what’s more, the end-user Operation system is a different one from what the actual communications run across, and the OS that handles the communication stuff is much more easily hackable, and that’s assuming that kids or their parents even have enough knowledge to superficially “secure” the devices. leaking “location” information through phones or facebook via the phones, is very easy to do.
        Great job raising the kids without the nasty little electronic telescreens. They’ll be that much healthier and safer for it, and hopefully they’ll continue to stick to those practices as they get older.

         
        • Thank You Seumas, you are very kind. By the way, I keep my 1st generation touch screen cell phone on 911 only. I prefer to keep GPS off if I can.

           
  8. Problem is guys like this also vote and operate motor vehicles, and in his case influence thinking and behavior of millions of ammoral drones. I think society has evolved out of substance abuses like alcoholism and into personality disorders like narcissism fueled by the absence of God in their lives.It’s Satan’s agenda. Satan is a Commie and a Liberal.

     
  9. I’m puzzled at Grisham’s statements, too.

     
  10. Sure-it was just an accident. Right. The Prisons are FULL of people who didn’t do it intentionally,didn’t do it at all,or just made ONE li’l ol’ mistake. If you commit a crime because you were drunk-THAT’S why getting drunk is never a GOOD idea. (Hard way to learn that lesson,but it’ll stay learnt.) Letter of the Law-if you did the crime,the excuse you apply doesn’t make any difference. If it’s wrong,it’s WRONG.

     
  11. If the idea of prison time sounds too harsh, perhaps the idea of ending up at the bottom of the sea with a millstone around one’s neck would be more acceptable?

     
  12. Oh, so Grisham thinks the sentences are too harsh, does he? I am confident the pedophile believes the victim’s reaction is too harsh!
    The thing that galls me is that the government doesn’t seem to be after the producers of this filth—it only goes after the customers. Kind of like the War on Drugs. One more thing is mentioned that does contain truth: The government DOES entrap people with this filth. (Does anyone remember all that child porn that showed up on some 18,000 Pentagon computers?)

     

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