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da12ken 01-22-2004 01:31 AM

Marcus Dixon

I don't know about you guys, but I'm signinig it.

Marc 01-24-2004 08:29 PM

Thanks, I signed it.

Wow, 134877 signatures so far.

Alex 01-25-2004 08:25 AM

Thanks for the link, I signed.

MountaineerDave 01-26-2004 06:26 PM

While I agree with the tenets of the website producer, I have the following not-at-all liberal-leaning questions:

1. Did he not commit the crime?
2. Are we to the point in our society that juries should vote one way or the other based on the perceived punishment?
3. Why didn't the defense raise the spectre of the max punishment?
4. It's a stupid law, but if we're really concerned with our teens having sex like bunnies, isn't this something of a necessary law to have on the books? And shouldn't it be enforced more reguarly?

True, the story is tragic, and there's little doubt in my mind that the motive for his receiving the max punishment has as much to do with small town racism and (guessing-- I don't know if Georgia elects their judges) it being an election year for this judge. However, if no other useful effect is drawn from this situation, maybe some of those teen boys will think twice before "becoming a man," especially with a girl barely into high school...


KevinBeane 01-26-2004 06:56 PM

Dave, on point two....I forget the name of the law, or rule, or latin term, but there is a legal vehicle for jurors to find someone innocent if a), they think the possible sentencing will be too harsh, or b) if they think the law in question is unjust. Any legal eagles here that can help me out?

bama4256 01-30-2004 04:17 PM

I'm thinking about it.

air_canada 02-01-2004 12:31 AM

I must say that I most definitely do not agree with the court ruling. Dixon is going to prison for ten years because he had consensual sex with a girl 2, 3 years his junior. When you say it that way, it sounds pretty normal. If the girl was injured, doesn't she have to prove that? I'm assuming she did; but I don't know if the proof is really acceptable, since there would be no way to prove that Dixon caused the injury. Therefore, the jury is left with little, if anything, to base their judgment on, and that is always a difficult situation.

Although I fully oppose the ruling, I cannot agree with how the site gives the story. Should it change anything that Marcus is an honor student or an all-state football player? No, absolutely not. We do not need to know the story of his life to decide if we agree with what is happening. Although justice does not always work like we want it to, if we want to maximize its and our power, then we must not judge on the basis of who the person is. Justice is an all-inclusive principle, and the very fact that whoever it is that is fighting for Marcus give that much personal information constitutes an injustice in my opinion. Well, maybe not an injustice per se, but definitely not something just. We cannot begin to modify justice to our needs in such a way; this has been the cause of many wrongful punishments.

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