There is no mistake about it – John Grisham can write himself a mean book, and that “mean” is in a great way. He’s one of the superauthors of our time. Of recent, Grisham has put it all out there, not in a book, but from his mouth before he releases a brand new legal thriller, GRAY MOUNTAIN , according to The Telegraph. Generally stating this, Grisham is reported to have said, and I summarize in my words not his, that every single person who only looks at child porn should not be arrested and charged as a pedophile because they may not have come upon the child porn in the same way. On the other hand, he does believe that real pedophiles should be locked up, no excuses. (Get the full out quote at The Telegraph)
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Maybe he meant, everyone who truly accidentally looks or downloads child porn shouldn’t be charged…like truly accidentally downloads or looks at…like very truly…seriously. My take on it is this – what freak would look at child porn…voluntarily? I answered my own question, didn’t I?
I don’t know about this one. Grisham did reference a guy from law school he used to know that got severely drunk, got on the web and then clicked on some teen girl site and boom, it was a sting op, resulting in the drunk friend getting three years behind bars. I suppose his friend was the one sloppy case of drunk innocence…if there is such a thing. Does a man get a pass if he is so drunk that he rapes a woman, abuses a child, or becomes a peeping Tom while he’s barreling one down at a bathroom window? No…oh wait? But he didn’t actually touch the child in Grisham’s supposed stated case. Uhhmmm…
I can’t get with Grisham on this one because it’s pretty loaded with my question – IS IT BETTER TO PREVENT THE CRIME OF “TOUCHING” OR WAIT UNTIL THE MOLESTATION OCCURS? My answer is prevention. Besides that, one case doesn’t give permission to or excuse the outstanding number of other true child porn cases out there…and there are plenty.
In other words, I don’t see Grisham’s point… wait let me check again. I see his point hyper-vaguely about the story he told about his friend, but…people do many illegal things when drunk all over the world. Should they be excused, too? Is that a real defense…”Your honor, I was drunk. Forgive me.” No boo. No.
Anyway, I’m sure his book is going to be fabulous! At any rate, what he said about this child porn thing was the perfect jolt of PR for a predictably awesome book.
UPDATE: Grisham has taken to his facebook account to apologize for the questionable statements he made about child porn:
A Statement from John Grisham:
Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography—online or otherwise—should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
My comments made two days ago during an interview with the British newspaper “The Telegraph” were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable.
I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all.