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question for you lawyers out there..(5 posts)

question for you lawyers out there..ClydeTri
May 29, 2003 10:02 AM
knowing that laws very from state to state, but could Mike Tyson's comments be not only very stupid, but actually illegal someplaces? I was under the impression that "threatening" language can be illegal. Also, could Desiree Washington have a potential civil case from them for mental distress? I will quote them:

In a television interview scheduled for broadcast Thursday, Tyson again denied he raped Desiree Washington in 1991 in an Indianapolis hotel room. But he said the burden of being labeled a convicted rapist makes him want to do it now.

"I just hate her guts. She put me in that state, where I don't know,'' Tyson said. "I really wish I did now. But now I really do want to rape her.''
re: question for you lawyers out there..eschelon
May 29, 2003 12:27 PM
This borders on threats and threatening could be construed as simple assault, but then again he isn't threatening the act to any person in front of him...but that is really stretching it. There's no law that says it's against the law to want to break the law. Now, had he said anything that could be construed as a terrorist act (bomb the b#tch's house, car) well, due to the current climate, it could definitely go further.
Parole Violation?pitt83
May 30, 2003 6:12 AM
I know it's passed the time for our pal Mike, but wouldn't something like this be under the terms of parole? If he were, wouldn't he go back to the big house?
Nope.eschelon
May 30, 2003 7:35 AM
Again, wanting to commit a crime is not a crime...unless he says some stupid crap like "I want to blow up the b#tch's house"...stuff that could be construed as a terrorist act. Wanting to rape someone is not terrorist act or crime.

Laws and the enforcement thereof are simply a product of social climate...like how decades ago, just being asian landed your a55 in the Concentration...er, internment camps in America during World War II.

Our social climate is one of fear and hysteria of anyone who is Muslim or of Middle Eastern descent. Although I don't like racial profiling, it ain't racial profiling to simply state that all of the direct 9-11 perpetrators were Arabic...and it isn't racial profiling to realize the pattern. I better stop before I devolve this thread into something unrelated.
But you said earlier; maybepitt83
May 30, 2003 9:11 AM
So threatening to committ assault, when believed, should be considered assault to some degree. We both agree here. If you were a zealous prosecutor or parole officer were he still in that status with a grudge (either against Mike himself or racial in nature), could you make it stick?

I think one could and should. Let's face it, sex offenders are registered and thought not to be rehabilitatable. And, I know, rape isn't wholly a sexual offense, more an assault, hence the hypenated descriptor for the crime.

Your argument about social climes is valid. When's the last time someone recieved capital punishment for stealing another persons' transportation (horse thief). Used to be the worst imaginable crime in that society. Nowadays, that's probation stuff.

I hope he simply becomes insignificant enough not to be cared about. Worked with Michael Jackson for a while.