Last month, during floor debate in the Massachusetts on a bill to set mandatory minimum sentences for various offences against children, Massachusetts State Representative James Fagan had what some might call an interesting take on the subject.
Representative Fagan is not only a member of the Democratic Party, but he is also a defence lawyer by trade. As such, it would seem that he apparently gets to defend those who prey upon children. So, one would tend to believe that Mr. Fagan would tend to not relish the passage of such a law.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Fagan is a critter. He has earned this appellation, not merely because he is a politician, nor because he is a Democrat. Not even the fact that he is a defence attorney merits this title.
No, what earned that sumbitch the title of critter were his remarks made during debate on this bill.
Allow me to quote from the linked video:
"I'm gonna rip them apart. I'm going 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.”
Lest anyone be in doubt, allow me to assure you that the people that Fagan is talking about are -- and he specifically says this -- six year old victims of abuse.
Not the molesters. Not the abusers. He means the victims. He means the children.
I understand the Constitutional right to a fair trial, and I understand the Constitutional right to legal representation -- however I fail to see a Constitutional mandate for the deliberate, intentional, knowing and vicious destruction of a victim.
If a defence attorney cannot adequately defend an accused party without -- and I quote: "Making sure the rest of [the victim's] life is ruined" unquote -- then I put it before you that that defence attorney is incompetent.
Defending is one thing. "I'm gonna make sure that the rest of their life is ruined" is something completely different.
"Making sure" that an innocent life "is ruined" is not justice. "Making sure" that a victim throws up years later isn't justice. It is the action of a critter.
Contact information for Congresscritter James Fagan.
Do note, for further amusement, that this critter apparently chairs the Massachusetts House Committee on Ethics.
How about it, Massachusetts? Intentionally and knowingly ripping apart the six-year-old victim of molestation sound ethical to you?
Intentionally and knowingly ruining the rest of that six-year-old victim's life sound ethical to you?
Intentionally and knowingly making sure that that six-year-old victim never has a relationship with anybody sound ethical to you?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Oh, and wee Jimmy Fagan? Horsewhipping around the courthouse square is too good for you.