Judge says teen who filmed himself raping a girl deserves leniency

Mar 2012
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A New Jersey judge who said a teenage boy accused of rape should get leniency because he came from a “good family” has received threats amid a ferocious backlash against his ruling.

James Troiano denied a request for a 16-year-old boy accused of raping an intoxicated 16-year-old girl to be tried as an adult.

The Monmouth County Superior Court Judge said the defendant “comes from a good family who put him into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well.”

The teenage boy was accused of recording himself sexually assaulting the 16-year-old girl and sending the video to friends with the caption “when your first time is rape.”

Mr Troiano’s decision, which surfaced last week, sparked a fierce response and has been viewed as evidence the US legal system is two-tier and has different rules for those who are privileged.

The 69-year-old, who has spent almost three decades on the bench, and his family are now receiving death threats and there have been a number of calls for him to resign, reports the New York Times.

A Change.org petition calls for the NJ State Assembly to impeach the judge and a protest is scheduled to take place at Monmouth County Superior Court later this week.

The threats come as politicians and members of the public call for Mr Troiano to be disbarred, including from Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker.


Judge who said teenager who filmed himself raping girl 'deserves leniency because he's from a good family’ gets death threats
 
Mar 2012
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The rich and privileged really do seem to enjoy feasting on the rest of us.
It certainly is becoming more evident that those in the upper crust certainly have different rules. A lot of foreigners that come here to visit or live have described this but many Americans say it isnt true. I feel its long been a hidden fact but now its in our face.
 
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It appears that "leniency" in this case equates to whether the 16 year old (a legal minor) should be tried as an adult (which he isn't).

Sounds like the kid certainly deserves punishment. Not the least of which is being an idiot. From the details of the article it appears the girl wasn't even going to report the assault if the boy would quit publishing the gawd damn video.

Dunno. Weird event. Was the guy as intoxicated as the girl? If tried as as an adult he could likely face 10+ years in a state prison. Not sure how great of an idea that is. Chum for the sharks.


(Feel free to let loose with the slings and arrows. Am not immediately on board with what appears to be the consensus here....)




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Rev. Hellh0und

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It appears that "leniency" in this case equates to whether the 16 year old (a legal minor) should be tried as an adult (which he isn't).

Sounds like the kid certainly deserves punishment. Not the least of which is being an idiot. From the details of the article it appears the girl wasn't even going to report the assault if the boy would quit publishing the gawd damn video.

Dunno. Weird event. Was the guy as intoxicated as the girl? If tried as as an adult he could likely face 10+ years in a state prison. Not sure how great of an idea that is. Chum for the sharks.


(Feel free to let loose with the slings and arrows. Am not immediately on board with what appears to be the consensus here....)




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I agree with you.
 

johnflesh

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It appears that "leniency" in this case equates to whether the 16 year old (a legal minor) should be tried as an adult (which he isn't).

Sounds like the kid certainly deserves punishment. Not the least of which is being an idiot. From the details of the article it appears the girl wasn't even going to report the assault if the boy would quit publishing the gawd damn video.

Dunno. Weird event. Was the guy as intoxicated as the girl? If tried as as an adult he could likely face 10+ years in a state prison. Not sure how great of an idea that is. Chum for the sharks.


(Feel free to let loose with the slings and arrows. Am not immediately on board with what appears to be the consensus here....)




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The idea is, that is a tactic to keep the boy out of serious trouble - when as evidenced, he should suffer the consequences.
He could call it "when your first time is hard prison"