Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Those Wacky Judges

A guy got labelled a sex offender for lecturing a 14-yr old girl about playing in traffic after he almost hit her with a car. Awesome. Those crazy IL judges... they must be getting bored. "The facts, as reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, show that an angry Barnaby called to the 14-year-old he'd nearly run down, yelling, "Come here, little girl." He then got out of his car, took her by the arm and gave her a lecture about how stepping in front of a vehicle is a very bad idea. The girl ran away, complained to police and Barnaby was charged with - again no joke - attempted kidnapping and child abduction. This is even though he didn't attempt to take the girl anywhere. Barnaby beat those charges. He was, however, convicted of unlawful restraint of a minor. And in Illinois, that is considered a sex offense. That means even though he didn't do anything to the kid other than take her by the arm and give her a lecture that might end up saving her life, he must register as a sex offender. He is prohibited from living near a park or school and must keep local police advised as to his place of residence." Sucks to be that guy. The court's reasoning?... "grabbing a kid is 'often a precursor' to a child being molested" and therefore it's fair.

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