Some kid is charged with possession of child-pornography for owning images of his own erection… maybe they should stone him in the village square? America is becoming an interesting combination of the witch-burning Puritans and the Third Reich… with a dollop of Russ Meyer tossed in (the police want to photograph his what…?)…
“A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said. A Prince William County judge allowed the 17-year-old to leave the area without the warrant being served or the pictures being taken — yet.
The teen is facing two felony charges, for possession of child pornography and manufacturing child pornography, which could lead not only to incarceration until he’s 21, but inclusion on the state sex offender data base for, possibly, the rest of his life. David Culver of NBC Washington first reported the story and interviewed the teen’s guardian, his aunt, who was shocked at the lengths Prince William authorities were willing to go to make a sexting case in juvenile court.
“The prosecutor’s job is to seek justice,” said the teen’s defense lawyer, Jessica Harbeson Foster. “What is just about this? How does this advance the interest of the Commonwealth? This is a 17-year-old who goes to school every day, plays football, has never been in trouble with the law before. Now he’s saddled with two felonies and the implication that he’s a sexual predator. I don’t mind trying the case. My goal is to stop the search warrant. I don’t want him to go through that. Taking him down to the hospital so he can get an erection in front of all those cops, that’s traumatizing.”
“If you think you’re free it’s only because you’re so well-trained that you never bump against the bars of the cage that they’ve put you in; you’re so obedient that you never test the limits, never say or do the forbidden things and so never incur the punishment. Secured by a five-foot chain to an iron stake in the center of your cage, the circles you trace and re-trace, endlessly, are never more than four feet in radius. And that is freedom, in a way… freedom in the form of a great misunderstanding; freedom in the form of a crippling lack of knowledge and a terrible trick. Freedom as the humiliating reward for never daring to be free.”
–Napoleon Fanon, “Difficult Texts”