November 21, 2007
(The Weekly Vice) - There is a law on the books called Megan's Law. This law was signed by President Clinton in 1996 and was enacted to provide our children protection from Child Predators, wherever they find, bait and manipulate a child.
So it seems ironic that when another teen named Megan needed similar protection from her kind her child predator, this law failed her.
Megan's law was built upon the groundwork laid by another law, Washington State's 1990 Community Protection Act. Seems the initial law needed a little more clarification as well.
But when will children like Megan have justice, rather than laws drawn up by politicians who use legislation to quiet crowds instead of protecting children?
When a future Megan becomes a future victim of a child predator, what will the technicality be then? How many laws does it take to define what child exploitation is before the law will punish it?
The Vice is wary of prosecutors who ran under a desk when Megan needed protection, instead of even filing motion on the laws that are already defining what a child predator does. Even in light of this brand new misdemeanor law, anonymous law maker worries that this law may fail under a 'Freedom of Speech' contest.
The Vice predicts that as quickly as this new law has passed, officials will begin efforts to retire the case back to a cold case status and quell the crowds with rhetoric. We as the public will have to debate if we're willing to give them that option. Elections are always around the corner.