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Tag: vigilante justice

June
20th

Spokane father took a big risk and got lucky

Question: If someone were sexually preying on your child, what would you do?

A Spokane father faced that question recently, and his answer raised a slew of new questions about vigilante justice. An AP article (TNT 6/19) described the disturbing sexual predation of the man’s 15-year-old daughter and the family’s ruse to lure her abuser and detain him until the police arrived.

After checking up on their daughter’s Facebook account – an eminently justifiable privacy invasion – the girl’s parents realized that their daughter had become sexually involved with a 30-year-old man. One can imagine the swirling, perhaps

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Sep.
20th

Life sentence a rebuke for the vigilante

(this is an update from a June 12 column)

For the record, it didn’t have to be done.

The “it” I refer to are the vigilante killings of two sex offenders, Gary Blanton and Jerry Ray, carried out by one Patrick Drum. The two shootings on the Olympic Peninsula, which occurred on June 2 and June 3 of this year (Trib 6/4), were the result of Drum’s violent frame of mind and his decision that, “it” in his words, “had to be done.”

If that is true, then we have truly made no progress as a civilized

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June
18th

Two witnesses to sexual assault, two opposite reactions

Two incidents, separated by time and distance, were reported in last week’s news. Despite the months and miles that separate one from the other, the connection between these disturbing stories says much about human reaction to violence.

The first was an AP report about a Texas rancher who allegedly came upon a man molesting the rancher’s 4 year old daughter. The second story was a Trib update update on the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach on trial for 52 counts of sexual assault.

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June
4th

Vigilante “justice” gets new definition in trial: homicide

(updated 9/20)

For the record, it didn’t have to be done.

The “it” I refer to are the vigilante killings of two sex offenders, Gary Blanton and Jerry Ray, carried out by one Patrick Drum. The two shootings on the Olympic Peninsula, which occurred on June 2 and June 3 of this year (Trib 6/4), were the result of Drum’s violent frame of mind and his decision that, “it had to be done.”

If that is true, then we have truly made no progress as a civilized society since, well…at least the twelfth century, when Henry

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