USA Today reported recently on yet another female teacher/teenage high school student sex scandal. It’s all right here. Generally, the newsworthiness of this genre of criminal law seems to be waning. This one involves a teacher whose last name is Jones. She was a pro-football cheerleader at some point in her life, which appears to make for better headlines at USA Today.
What did interest me was this paragraph, buried in the inconsequential last 1/3 of the article.
Jones, who has previously defended herself on her lawyer’s radio show, is slated to go on trial in October amid charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor, felonies that are each punishable by up to five years in prison.
Radio? Show? Lawyer’s? Defended? Abuse? Felonies?
So, let me get this straight.
She is pending serious charges. While I have not read her state’s statutes, the crime of first-degree sexual abuse and inducing a minor, followed by the word “felonies,” indicates some top-quality deep doo doo.
She has the right to remain silent. This includes not admitting or speaking of anything related to the charges. Anything she does say can and will be………..you know the rest.
She “defended herself” on a radio show. I assume this radio show could be taped and heard by her town’s people of prosecutorial persuasion. Did any of them call the station with questions. That would be enterprising if they did.
The radio show belongs to her attorney. Presumably, he was running the whole shebang.
Can you see why I’m tasting a bit of vomit right now?*
*The vomit is my own. No, I was never a drummer for Spinal Tap.