The US court system works!

@k15682 (301)
United States
October 21, 2010 8:31am CST
I understand out US court system is designed for anyone to use and I don't agree with that. Often times the system is abused severely with frivilous lawsuits as we all know. This morning I am searching the internet for dumb laws (yes we actually have some of those) and I come up the following... http://wcco.com/local/child.molester.lawsuit.2.1914176.html Not only is this woman (I use that term loosely) a pedophile she was a teacher! Fortunately for us and the victim the judge saw this lawsuit for what it was and tossed it out. My thoughts on this are she should get to pay ALL court costs associated with this lawsuit and if no money to pay for it...let her serve time with $1 per day credited to what she owes. There has to be a way to if not stop these kinds of actions at least slow them down. What's your feeling on this? Am I being too harsh?
4 responses
• United States
21 Oct 10
With pedophiles there seems to be a double standard... it's creepy if an older man looks at little girls, but if a female teacher seduces a teenage boy he's the "luckiest kid" in the class. We were talking in my history class about how minority groups (including women) are given better consideration than white males. I think if it was a male pedophile, he would have gotten a worse punishment.
@jb78000 (15173)
22 Oct 10
interesting point lonewolf. first of all i should point out that a teacher sleeping with a teenage student is not the same as paedophilia. it is gross misconduct and they should be fired and not allowed to teach again. also if the teen is below the age of consent it is illegal and they should be prosecuted. however paedophilia means sexually abusing children and teens are not children. if the parties involved didn't have a teacher-student relationship it might in fact be socially acceptable, especially if they were close in age. a 24 year old teacher and an 18 year old schoolboy/girl having a relationship is gross misconduct. any random pair of the same ages however is fairly normal. but i agree that society sees teenage girls as more vulnerable than teenage boys and the male teacher seducing a girl seems for some reason far worse than the female teacher seducing a boy.
@k15682 (301)
• United States
22 Oct 10
I agree Lonewolf there is a huge double standard. When we (society) see them as children instead of male/female that may make a difference. jb, you almost had me going there, good thing I read your follow up post before responding lol.
@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
21 Oct 10
It seems from the article that it was an appeals court which limiting its use would destroy our system of justice. You have a right to appeal a courts decision to the next highest court. That is how issues get to the supreme court. To get for a recent example abortion legalized at the Federal Level it took years for that case to get to the supreme court. Not you or me have a right to say if a case is frivolous. That is for a judge to decide and if they decide it is they have the full power to throw it out of court as they should. But for us to decide would possibly take the rights of others to use the court system. This is kinda like the Freedom of speech I can say almost anything and I can even abuse my freedom of speech but for you to draw the line for me or anyone else would be wrong.
@k15682 (301)
• United States
21 Oct 10
I wouldn't want to deprive anyone of their right to use the courts. I had a problem with the abuser suing the parents of the victim because she acted criminally. We need a you can't sue the victim law! :) LOL my freedom of speech says I can say if I think a case is frivilous. Just thought I throw that out there.
@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
22 Oct 10
True it does say that you can make that statement but the only people who can make that statement a fact is when a Judge who knows the laws and the grounds needed to make a case makes that call. In which case his or hers speech/words have more weight to them.
@jb78000 (15173)
22 Oct 10
ok i just read the story. i probably should point out that my response to lonewolf above was about rather older teenagers. 13 is pretty close to being a child and it is reasonable to do this woman for paedophilia. yes this was a complete waste of the court's time and you are certainly not being too harsh.
@k15682 (301)
• United States
22 Oct 10
It made it to an appeals court! This woman can't have all her marbles, first she sexually abuses a child then sues the parents, what could possible be going through her head? Glad you read the article and rethought the pedophile part. :)
@Netsbridge (3242)
• United States
21 Oct 10
True, there people who take advantage of almost anything available! But when it comes to the abuse of the legal system, I think that court can very easily eliminate these folks by viewing and verifying evidence. While I want these abusers rooted, I do not want to thereby support the undermining of legit cases that ought to be addressed and/or reviewed - There are procedures that need to be followed by courts. If the courts would just do their jobs, then these abusers will be taken care of. But thus far, I see lots of cases that are not properly addressed, resulting in innocent folks and the financially handicapped being mistreated by the very judicial system that is supposed to serve and protect them!
@k15682 (301)
• United States
22 Oct 10
Thanks Netsbridge, I don't understand the "sue the victim" and it makes it to an appeal. A13 y/o victim at that!