It was a RAPE, not a screenplay- do ya hear me Hollywood?

geraldine_ferraro_50Geraldine A. Ferraro, a lawyer and a former member of Congress, was the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 1984.

 http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/29/the-polanski-uproar/#gerry

“A male is guilty of rape in the second degree when, being eighteen years old or more, he engages in sexual intercourse with a female less than fifteen years old. Rape in the second degree is a class D felony.”

 That is the current law in New York. When I was prosecuting these cases in Queens in the 70’s the law required that the child be less than 14. The legislature tightened it. But there is no doubt that California had the same protections for children when Polanski was prosecuted in California for having intercourse with a 13-year-old girl. It still does.

Why has no one from the movie business, no one who supposedly stands up for the rights of women and girls, spoken up in support of finally bringing this man to justice?

This is the definition of statutory rape. Notice, it doesn’t talk about force and it doesn’t talk about consent. Neither are needed. The statute is meant to protect children. A 13-year-old can’t consent to intercourse with a man over 18, and certainly not with a man in his 30’s.

Polanski was convicted of a serious crime in the 70’s. He chose to abscond to France and because he had money and connections, has lived a charmed life, unhindered by his obligations to society. The message is, rich guys can get away with anything … or wait — is it only rich guys with friends in Hollywood? The statute of limitations for rape does not toll simply because 31 years has passed. And victims cannot “forgive” the rapist. The criminal justice system is meant to protect all of us.

 As for France getting all exercised about California moving forward (and the prosecutors there haven’t just let this go for 31 years), who are the French officials to criticize us as a nation and tell us how to deal with our criminals? Too bad for Bernie Madoff that he wasn’t as smart as Polanski. He would have taken his wife, brother, nephew, sons and their families and a billion or two and gone to France to help their economy. Then when the Ponzi scheme was exposed, the French would have, if consistent, refused extradition. He could have stayed for the rest of his life in luxury. Just imagine.

And what really defies explanation are the actions of the Directors Association and actors, like Harrison Ford. Did they remain buddies over the years with a convicted rapist who had fled the jurisdiction because they condoned his rape of the child or because they approved of his actions of absconding and beating the system? Did they do so because this was not such an unusual situation in Hollywood at the time and may still exist today?

 What was particularly outrageous was the woman speaking on behalf of the Directors Association who said: “It happened so long ago.” Really. Suppose it happened today. Would she feel differently? Suppose it had been murder and not rape that happened 31 years ago? Would she be saying “It happened so long ago”?

For me, one of the biggest disappointments of this episode is that no one from Hollywood, no one from that movie business, no one who supposedly stands up for the rights of women and girls has opened his or her mouth in support of the prosecutors who are doing their job and attempting to bring this man finally to justice. As for France, I would hope that President Sarkozy would call in his ministers and tell them to butt out of our business.

Boys will be Boys I suppose?

I’m not saying a damned thing- one picture is worth a thousand words besides I would just be told Ican’t believe my lying eyes while those who would say so easily believe every lie they are told!

tail in chief2

16-year-old Mayara Tavares‘ badonkadonk at the G8 summit while French President Nicolas Sarkozy smirked on the sideline.

An honor well deserved

Some thing’s are worth fighting for an no one explained this better today than did President Nicolas Sarkozy. I thank him for explaining that no one wants war but sometimes it is necessary.  

Normandy

To be continued! Suprizingly ( yeah right) all searches for Sarkozy’s speech online yield only Obama’s speech. If that doesn’t scare the hell out of you – nothing will- let’s see how long it will take for the world community to assist me in finding the better speech given today and posting it so I may share it with you.

Sarkozy Blasts Obama on Iran

 

Uh Oh – Obama better charter another jet – looks like he has a lil problem in France to take care of and maybe with China , Russian, Germany and the United Kingdom too! If we elect him we will be seeing more headlines from overseas asking how can half of America still be that Stupid?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:48 AM

By: David A. Patten

Denouncing Barack Obama’s Iran policies as “utterly immature” and “empty of all content,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy dropped an international diplomatic and political bombshell Tuesday.

News of Sarkozy’s outburst, which reportedly occurred behind closed doors during a French forum on foreign policy, was leaked to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz by a senior Israeli government source.

Sarkozy has led a coalition of six nations that has imposed sanctions against Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

That bloc consists of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — France, the United States, China, Russia, and the United Kingdom — plus Germany.

To deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Sarkozy maintains the group must present a united diplomatic front to Iran.

During his July tour of Europe, Obama met with Sarkozy in Paris. Sarkozy told Obama that it would be “very problematic” if the United States were to soften its policy toward Iran, Haaretz reports.

Gee I wonder if Sarkozy is a  “racist” ?