Two Young Men Doing Right

The story of two Swedes in America who stopped a rapist and held him for police. The case has gotten some fame for the injustice of the sentence. It's good to reflect on the positive aspect of the young men who stepped up to stop a crime, and to see that the villain did not simply escape.


raven said...

America, the place they can stick one in a Federal Pen for five years and fine you 250K for copying a video, but a rapist can get off with three months. A "real" rapist, not some 18 year old having sex with his 17 year old girlfriend.

The back story on this would be interesting.

Grim said...

Student athlete, rich kid, father wrote a nice note to the judge. Says the kid was "stressed" and has already "suffered a high price" for his actions by having his reputation in the community dinged.

The judge apparently agreed that a longer sentence would really hurt the kid's prospects.

It's a good argument for handling these sorts of cases informally, really. The system does not work well where wealth and power are concerned.

E Hines said...

A "real" rapist, not some 18 year old having sex with his 17 year old girlfriend.

Aside from his victim not being his girlfriend, it wasn't, in the eyes of the judge and the old man, a real rape--just 20 minutes of action.

I kept trying to make the old man's (I can't really call him a father) statement as really meaning 20 minutes of misbehavior out of 20 years of fundamentally sound behavior. But I just couldn't get there.

Eric Hines

Ymar Sakar said...

The additional details provided by various blog researchers online makes this incident out to be rather complicated.