…Couch’s attorneys argued his parents were responsible for the teen’s actions that night because of the way he had been raised. Defense attorneys put a psychologist on the stand who testified Couch was a product of wealth and got whatever he wanted.
This young man got probation instead of 20 years because of the way he was raised by his wealthy parents. Gosh, in that case over 80% of all prisoners were raised in abusive homes and they didn’t get a light sentence.
I have been writing this column in my head ever since I heard that Jameis Winston, Florida State University quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate, was accused of rape. My son and I are graduates of FSU. We bleed garnet and gold.
I read several articles that were filled with conflicting information over the past month. Sports writers tend to be crazier than Republican political opinion writers imho.
After the state attorney held a press conference and said that there would be no charges filed against Jameis Winston, I did not feel relief. The state attorney said there was not enough evidence to bring it to trial. The opposite decision has been made by his office and every other district in Florida with similar evidence and even less evidence as in my case. This was a he said, she said situation. It happens in rape and also in domestic assault across Florida daily.
Jameis Winston has been involved in two other incidents, as reported in Sports Illustrated, where the police were called the month prior to the alleged rape. One incident involved a BB gun battle where 13 windows were broken in Winston’s apartment complex. The other was at a Burger King where Winston was drinking soda from ketchup cups without paying. There were no charges brought in either incident. These incidents sound like a bunch of college kids being stupid.
I expected others to come out and accuse Winston of rape as happened in the Jerry Sandusky case. That often opens the door to those who were raped before and are afraid to report it. But there has been silence so far.
If Winston was a rapist then he will rape again, they always do, just like wife beaters return to beating their wives.
The accuser’s family is going to hold a press conference the day before the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Is that being done with malicious intent or are they just wanting the world to know Winston got away with rape?
Guilty Until Proven Innocent
One thing I am convinced of through recent personal experience, is that you are guilty until proven innocent, not only in the eyes of the court that can remove very basic rights from you once you are accused and arrested, but in the eyes of public opinion, where people are shredded by the media or privately by their family.
If you want to ruin someone’s life just falsely accuse them. That’s all you need to do, whether it is a star athlete or your spouse. And if you can get them arrested, you ensure a heavy economic burden on the shoulders of the accused.
Being someone who was falsely accused of a crime, I can feel for Jameis Winston if he too is innocent of those charges, especially in Florida courts.
Bottom line: I wish I had affluenza.
I had to postpone my doctor’s appointment twice. Transportation and caretaker issues. I’m still feeling lousy but hanging on. I wish I could have posted a complete issue for you today but I just couldn’t. Mea culpa.
Yesterday a 5.1 earthquake hit just before noon. It was only about 20 seconds of fear. It began as a light shaker and ended in a loud boom. My apartment felt like it dropped. No damage except for my nerves.
Today: DOG FIGHT
Again, around noon, I heard my landlord’s dogs barking furiously outside my apartment. I saw a local Weimaraner fighting with my landlord’s dog, Lee Lee, a miniature pincer, the same breed as my dog Luna. Lee Lee sustained several punctures to the neck and back. Luna was going crazy during the altercation; even though she couldn’t see anything she could hear it. She loves Lee Lee.
I walk Luna on a leash. I picture Luna as a hors d’oeuvre here, in the backwoods of Costa Rica. She has a lot more to fear than a Weimaraner.