Convicted Steubenville Rapist to Appeal Because Brain Wasn’t “Fully Developed”

A lawyer for one of the two Steubenville teens convicted of raping a 16-year-old told Piers Morgan that they planned on appealing the guilty verdict because his client’s brain wasn’t “fully developed” enough at the time of the crime. According to the lawyer’s logic, the average 16-year-old’s brain (the age of the convicted rapist), is not “developed” enough to know that rape is wrong. As The Atlantic Wire points out, this is the same defense attorney that claimed the victim’s unconscious state (and subsequent silence at the time of the crime) amounted to consent. You can watch the interview here

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  • My heart breaks. What does this say about personal responsibility? Everybody in this situation showed a reprehensible lack of judgment. The fact remains that this girl should not have been drinking, but her intoxication and apparent lack of consciousness could not possibly pass for consent. She faced a heartbreaking consequence. The boys should face the consequences of their actions as well. Nothing more, nothing less.

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