[VIDEO] BEST SELLING AUTHOR JOHN GRISHAM say “NOT ALL MEN WHO WATCH CHILD PORN ARE PEDOPHILES”

[VIDEO] BEST SELLING AUTHOR JOHN GRISHAM say “NOT ALL MEN WHO WATCH CHILD PORN ARE PEDOPHILES”

Though Grisham has apologized, I still feel more than a bit betrayed and quite frankly sickened by these commentary. Pornography harms everyone.
Well, I used to have a favorite author:
Hat Tip to The Telegraph:

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Mr. Grisham, 59, argued America’s judges had “gone crazy” over the past 30 years, locking up far too many people, from white collar criminals like the businesswoman Martha Stewart, to black teenagers on minor drugs charges and – he added – those who had viewed child porn online.

“We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child,” he said in an exclusive interview to promote his latest novel Gray Mountain which is published next week.

“But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.”

The author of legal thrillers such as The Firm and A Time to Kill who has sold more than 275m books during his 25-year career, cited the case of a “good buddy from law school” who was caught up in a Canadian child porn sting operation a decade ago as an example of excessive sentencing.

“His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website. It was labeled ‘sixteen year old wannabe hookers or something like that’. And it said ’16-year-old girls’. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff – it was 16 year old girls who looked 30.

“He shouldn’t ’a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And God, a week later there was a knock on the door: ‘FBI!’ and it was sting set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch people – sex offenders – and he went to prison for three years.”

“There’s so many of them now. There’s so many ‘sex offenders’ – that’s what they’re called – that they put them in the same prison. Like they’re a bunch of perverts, or something; thousands of ’em. We’ve gone nuts with this incarceration,” he added in his loft-office in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Asked about the argument that viewing child pornography fuelled the industry of abuse needed to create the pictures, Mr Grisham said that current sentencing policies failed to draw a distinction between real-world abusers and those who downloaded content, accidentally or otherwise.

“I have no sympathy for real pedophiles,” he said, “God, please lock those people up. But so many of these guys do not deserve harsh prison sentences, and that’s what they’re getting,” adding sentencing disparities between blacks and whites was likely to be the subject of his next book.

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While I agree whole heartedly that the court systems in America are highly flawed, and the legal system is flooded with frivolous lawsuits, there is no frivolity in prosecuting men who are viewing, purchasing or perusing child pornography. The point is not that they are older actresses, or that they ‘look 30’ – the point is that he was looking at, and downloading, something that is a) Illegal , b) underage girls and c) marketed AS underage girls. The gall of Mr. Grisham to suggest that somehow a 16 year old girl is less susceptible to being a victim than a 10 year old boy is ludicrous. The onus is on the adults to know better. There has to be a bright line drawn where you just don’t cross. There is no room in law for gray areas as it relates to protection of our children – and you should know better, Mr. Grisham.

McGuire

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