June 29, 2008
Washington D.C. (The Weekly Vice) -- Massachusetts Democrat Rep. James Fagan has set off a firestorm of criticism after vowing to "rip apart" and "destroy" children who are victims of rape.
The shocking rant came when Rep. James Fagan (D) went to the House floor to oppose Jessica's law, a measure that would set mandatory sentences for child rapists. A measure Fagan condemned as "sentences of those draconian proportions".
Rep. Fagan, who also opposed Melanie's law and is a critic of naming a law in honor of a child victim, unleashed the tirade of opposition during a House debate on the matter last month.
In making his point about why minimum sentence standards in child rape cases should not be passed into law, Fagan said the following:
"Let me tell you why it's so wrong. It's so wrong because in these situations... that 6-year-old is going to sit in front of me, or somebody far worse than me... and I'm going to rip them apart. I'm going to to make sure that the rest of their life is ruined. That when they're 8 years old they throw up; when they're 12 years old, they won't sleep. When they're 19 years old they'll have nightmares and they'll never have a relationship with anybody. And that's not because I'm a nice guy. That's because when you're in court and you're defending somebody's liberty, and you're facing a mandatory sentence of those draconian proportions, you have to do every single thing you can do on behalf of your client."
Mark Lunsford, the father of Jessica (by which Jessica's Law was named for) had a few words in response to Fagan's comments.
"Why doesn't he figure out a way to defend that child and put these kind of people away instead of trying to figure ways for defense attorneys to get around Jessica's Law," Lunsford said. "These are very serious crimes that nobody wants to take serious. What about the rights of these children?"
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Well readers, I apologize for being a few days behind the curve on this one, but I wanted to give Fagan a couple of days to scrape together an explanation for his comments since this video emerged. He hasn't. I'm sure it will only come after the growing surge of outrage forces him out of the dark hole his head is firmly planted in.
We have a little news flash for Rep. Fagan and we aren't going to tap dance around the issue with it.
After a child has been raped, many of them are already throwing up and having nightmares - that is if they haven't been murdered as many of them like Jessica herself was, you jackass.
Lawmakers are sent to congress to enact laws, not worry about how hard a defense attorney's job might be. Ooops, speaking of which, it comes as no surprise that Rep. Fagan is also currently a criminal defense attorney in Taunton, Massachusetts. Nice conflict of interest.
With sexual abuse of children out of control and bleeding heart judges throwing the perps back out on the street quicker than we can get them prosecuted, the last thing we need is Democrat Fagan ranting about what he'd personally aspire to do to a 6 year old child who's been raped and thrown away like a rag doll.
While we understand that a defense attorney's job may require them to challenge a victim's testimony, it's absolutely asinine to assert that a law shouldn't be passed just because a lawyer might have to vigorously defend their client. Let me be clear. ALL defendants should be vigorously defended by their attorney Mr. Fagan.
Massachusetts residents must be so proud of this maniacal, child predator pampering dimwit. Something tells us you'll just keep right on voting him into office. It's sad, to say the least.
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