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#137 February 11, 2007

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Odds and Ends.

Here’s the skinny (pun intended):

Somewhere in Florida, a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy got thrown in jail for violating child pornography laws. The reason? The two took pictures of themselves that were apparently indiscreet (to say the least), which the girl thereafter emailed to the boy in question. When this was discovered (it is unclear how or why) they were arrested, booked and subsequently convicted for the inappropriate photos, given that the couple were both underaged.

The story is amusing in the sense of “how stupid could these kids be?” and fascinating from a legal perspective. I am compelled to wonder whether the kids pled insanity: raging hormones are arguably as good an insanity plea as any, notwithstanding the fact that practically any inane thing that teens do is borderline nuts anyway. Seriously, however, it does bring to the fore questions about what happens when otherwise questionable private conduct becomes public (rightly or wrongly), as well as whether litigation is even a meaningful solution to keep such things from happening.

In my opinion, it also goes to show that there is no better substitute for good parenting.



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