01 October 2006

Strange Ironies

Noted civil rights lawyer Glen Greenwald points out an odd distinction with regard to Republican Congressperv Foley's cybersex:

[I]n-person, actual sex between Foley and a 16-year-old page would be perfectly legal in D.C. and in most places in the U.S. . . . Despite all the irritatingly righteous (and overheated) "pedophile" language being tossed around, in the overwhelming majority of states, and in Washington DC, the legal age of consent for sex is 16 years old. That means that actual, in-person sex between Foley and a 16-year-old page in D.C. would not be criminal at all (though it likely could have other legal implications).
Interesting but not too significant, since they are not alleged to have done anything more than talk dirty. This is where the felony potential kicks in:
[U]nder the so-called "Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006" . . . along with 18 U.S.C. 2251, discussion or solicitation of sexual acts between Foley and any "minor" under the age of 18 would appear to be a criminal offense (see Adam Walsh Act, Sec. 111(14) ("MINOR.--The term 'minor' means an individual who has not attained the age of 18 years") and 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2256 (1) (“'minor' means any person under the age of eighteen years").
And who, you might ask, was a co-sponsor and author of some of the language of the "Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006"?

None other than the honorable representative from Florida's 16th district, Mark Foley.

Hoisted by his own petard.


  1. In Arizona the State tried to prosecute a guy for soliciting a minor when he was soliciting a TV news crew.

    The law has an exception for stings involving the police. It does not have an exception for stings involve TV news crews.

  2. So he did commit a felony under a law he helped write. Covering that up is corruption in spades.

    I stand by my earlier posts, which agree with this commentator about the charges of being a pedophile.

  3. I think the hoopla is a good thing. It hardly matters if the act is technically illegal or not, it's damned peculiar for a grown man to be sexually interested in 16 year-olds.

  4. Hoisted on his own petard is the correct usage, oh mighty liberal know-it-all.

  5. Hoisted by his own petard:

    A petard was a medieval term for a small bomb used to blow up gates and walls when breaching fortifications. . . . The phrase is usually misquoted as "see the engineer hoist by his own petard" and is taken to mean "the hangman hanged with his own rope."

    So correct usages might be hoisted "by" or "with" but "on" would clearly be incorrect. Thank you for playing.

  6. "oh mighty liberal know-it-all"

    I think that if you changed the 'oh' to an 'all' you'd have a great name for your next blog.

  7. Ouch! I wish I knew alot more trivia like that


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