Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Homework Assignment for 50 Shades of Grey

Judge Joanna Greenberg told the court the girl, then aged 16, 'groomed'
and reportedly 'stalked' her teacher
I've been champing all week to pull on my hobnail boots and wade in to all the armchair jurists who’ve been bleating that what happened in court was all wrong, the judge shouldn’t have said this, the accused shouldn’t get away with it, and it’s all outrageous.

No, I’m not talking about the increasingly bonkers Broadchurch, though it’s tempting after a judge ruled Joe Miller’s murder confession inadmissible in order to provide a plot for the second series.

I’m talking instead about Bexleyheath Academy and the court case that’s just ended involving a teacher (Stuart Kerner, now 44), who has been convicted on two counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust – and the unnamed child in question (now 19).

The congealed details have been served up on a cold school dinner plate: how the teacher took a condom to school, her virginity on a yoga mat in a store cupboard, how the pair had sex in the spare room at his home between rounds of Marmite on toast and episodes of Bargain Hunt… enough.

But as she passed sentence, the judge, Joanna Greenberg QC, told the court the ‘obsessed’ girl, then aged 16, ‘groomed’ and even reportedly ‘stalked’ her teacher.  (more...)

Err... How many lawyers are there in hell?

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