Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Yet Another Predator...With Rights

Picture this...a man is in jail for the possession of child pornography (over 300 pics!) in ATLANTA, when he is done the ten year sentence for that crime he will be shipped to California where he is charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of 12 year old Courtney Sconce (he claims he committed this crime because he was mad about the kiddy porn raid). Keep picturing...while he is in jail he is placing PERSONAL ADS on the internet claiming that he is a "logical, honest, inquisitive, outgoing, loving and caring person". He insinuates that 'marijuana' is the reason he is 'in'. This is a true story...on Novemeber 8, 2000, Justin Weinberger kidnapped the 12 year old girl as she walked to a local store then raped her and strangled her. (source)

Beside the fact that the ACLU will most likely end up defending this pedophile's right to free speech (to lure new victims from the pen), another sick twist in this case is the fact that Weinberger was NOT arrested after the raid that turned up the child pornography...and Courtney was found raped and strangled to death 2 DAYS later. This crime COULD HAVE/SHOULD HAVE been avoided. Why wasn't he arrested and Courtney’s young life spared you ask? I'll give you a hint...his Daddy is a Deputy District Attorney.

From the ACLU (that upstanding organization *sarcasm font*):
"I certainly have sympathy for the victim's family members," said Kara Gotsch, public policy coordinator for the American Civil Liberty Union's Special Prison Project in Washington D.C. "But there is a First Amendment that protects the individual's right to say what they want, even if we disagree with what they're saying."

"Attorney Marv Johnson, the ACLU's national legislative counsel, said he knows of nothing that requires personal ads to tell the truth. Truth in advertising laws relate to selling goods, he said."

And this from the web-hoster on which Weinberger's personal ad appears:
"They're not all evil," said the proprietor, who identified herself only by her first name, Kay. She encourages inmates not to reveal their convictions because of the angry responses they can generate...She said she believes other sites that refuse to post ads for pedophiles and others who harm children are on shaky legal ground and said she has considered shutting down her operation rather than selectively denying business."

HERE is the contact information for the United States Penitentiary (USP) Atlanta. Maybe the Warden should get lots of email letting him know what Americans think of this monster being allowed to solicit romance on the tax payer's dime. As Courtney's mother said, "He should have the same rights that Courtney has right now...."

(additional source)

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