This is enough to make you wish we could bring corporal punishment back into the justice system … and use it on prosecutors:
A 6-year-old Grant County boy has been accused of first-degree sexual assault after playing “doctor” with two 5-year-old friends.
Now, a federal lawsuit has been filed against the prosecutor, who attorneys said is trying to force the boy to admit guilt.
The boy’s parents had planned to speak with WISC-TV on Monday to discuss the emotional toll the prosecution has taken on their son. But the prosecutor, Grant County District Attorney Lisa Riniker, on Monday morning asked a judge for a gag order in the case and was granted it. The gag order prohibits the boy’s parents from talking about the case.
The claim is that he touched a girl’s butt. Seriously. This is the sign of a civilization gone deeply wrong. Jerry Sandusky was able to rape kids for 15 years. But instead of telling a 6-year-old — a God damned 6-year-old! — not to touch girls like that, he’s being brought up on sex charges.
In justification for the charge, Riniker is quoted in the lawsuit saying “the Legislature could have put an age restriction in the statute … the legislature did no such thing.”
The lawsuit also alleges the charges were brought because the 5-year-old is the daughter of a high-ranking official in Grant County.
As Radley Balko pointed out, this is why we should write laws to minimize prosecutorial power. Because if you give them an inch, they will take a mile. They will prosecute anything that is not specifically forbidden and persecute anyone who has pissed off the powerful.