Probation for a Rapist?

“I got 12 months for a falsified police report and he got probation for raping me and the others,” Ashley said on Friday. “It’s just ridiculous.”

Prosecutors and the judge agreed to a sentence of 10 years probation in exchange for Tony Simmons’, a counselor at Juvenile Justice Department, plea to rape against Ashley and other sexual counts for sexual conduct between 2005 and 2008. This plea offer agreement was later withdrawn by Judge Mullen, of New York County court, because Simmons had not shown any remorse for his actions. He made numerous comments that his victims inticed him or consented to his actions.
While Simmons was supposed to be helping these young female teens, he was instead taking advantage of their fragile states. He also entered into an agreement on behalf of Ashley which involved a 12 month sentence for a falsified police report while Simmons pled guilty to rape and was only given a probation sentence. This seems highly unbalanced justice that a juvenile offender would be so harshly punished for such a minor offense. This makes on wonder, whether this type of disproportionate justice frequently occurs in the juvenile justice system?
Finally on February 1st, 2011, Simmons was sentenced to a 4 year prison sentence for sexually abusing two girls.
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Recorded Telephone Conversations Lead to More Domestic Violence Convictions to the New York Times, individuals who are incarcerated in New York for domestic abuse (or incarcerated for being suspected of domestic abuse) are increasingly having their phone conversations – the ones that they have while incarcerated – taped and used against them in court.  Often, the entire domestic violence case rests on the taped phone calls from jail.

Is this fair or unfair?  Richard Brown, the Queens district attorney, says that there is no issue of fairness because the inmates were informed that their phone conversations were being taped, and they still said things to incriminate themselves.  There are even signs posted in city jails informing inmates that their calls are being taped.  But, for one reason or another, abusers cannot help but to talk about their behavior.  Not surprisingly, abusers, even continue to intimidate their victims behind bars.… <Read More>

Knowledge of the Law – The Key to Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

Putting an end to domestic violence in a particular couple depends entirely on the courage of the victim and how well the victim tells their story.  Perhaps the most troubling task for victims of domestic violence is to recount their horror stories to complete strangers, whether it be to police officers, social workers, court intake personnel, or medical personnel.  Often, victims are under-informed about what acts are specifically classified as domestic violence according to the law.  Some extremely dangerous situations are often not resolved in favor of the victim because the law prevents it.  However, victims CAN get the protection they need; they just need to be better informed.… <Read More>