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MS: Registered Sex Offender Emerges as Star College Football Player

A registered sex offender has emerged as a star player on a top tier college football team, resuming his athletic career after being expelled from the Air Force Academy where he was court-martialed for sexual assault.

No NCAA rule prevents a person with a criminal conviction from playing college athletics, a spokesperson told ABC News. It is left up to the individual college or conference to determine eligibility. Full Article

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  1. td777

    In case anyone wants to attribute the hype and hysteria strictly to
    conservatives/Republicans, notice the following quotes from a Democrat:

    The ability of Cooks to continue his football career despite being a
    sexual predator is only the latest example of distorted priorities that
    involve sexual violence, said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York.

    "I think it’s wrong that they’re allowed to continue to play," she told
    ABC News.

    Her first error is to call him a predator. The article also attributes to
    Gillibrand as having said several other similar lines, as well as having an
    agenda that would keep registrants off NCAA teams.
    It’s time for us to realize that when it comes to the registration laws and
    hype, there is very little difference between conservatives and liberals,
    Republicans and Democrats. They are all politicians, and are all just as likely
    to step all over registrants’ rights in order to make a name for themselves. We
    should not take for granted that because a politician is a liberal or Democrat
    that they are going to be any less likely to advocate penalizing registrants
    beyond our sentence and therefore should always get our votes over conservatives
    or Republicans. We need to take the approach that any politician who is not
    openly advocating our rights being restored is actually against us and is likely
    to do the same as so many others have done.
    If you’re not for us, then you’re against us. It’s really that simple.

    • Joe

      You are entirely right… there is no delineation along party lines indicating a politician’s sanity. Let’s not forget that, while Republicans mostly get blamed for these policies, most advances regarding registration (nationwide) and notification were made during the Clinton administration.

      Consider this more current legislation. Proposition 47, on the ballot next week, deals with changing petty theft and fraud for amounts under $950 and small time drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor. Makes sense, you say? Absolutely.

      However… guess who is exempt from this reform? People previously convicted of theft and fraud and drug crimes? Of course not. Who you wonder? Yes that is right! Felony charges are still possible for persons required to register under PC 290 and – wait for it – persons convicted of murder!

      Keeping in mind that we are talking about small time property or drug crimes. The only thing more upsetting than the fact that the guy who had an underage girlfriend decades ago can still be prosecuted for a felony for shoplifting is the fact that it finally happened – all registered sex offenders, from the least bad to the worst, are now lumped in with… murderers.

      But wait – the real disturbing tidbit here is the list of endorsers for Prop 47.

      They include the ACLU of California, as well as the only RSO supporter in Sacramento, Tom Ammiano. Really???

      Here is the list of Prop 47 supporters:

  2. Avig

    The lawyer for the accused said it best: nowadays the justice systems seem more like a search for a pre-determined, politically palatable outcome, as opposed to any real justice or fairness.

  3. Timmr

    Don’t confuse Democrats with liberals. They’re two different animals. The root of liberalism is liberty, and it connotes tolerance. Its more portrayed in a Robert Kennedy, who fought for farm laborers, than in a Clinton, who dismantle the New Deal, sent jobs oversees and increased the prison population.

    • td777

      I see your point, but if you notice, most on here who claim to be liberal do not have much tolerance for those who don’t believe the way they do. That’s evidenced in how little tolerance they have for political conservatives. If you adhere to the definition of liberalism, you won’t find very many today who qualify. An example of this is the idea that freedom of religion should be freedom from religion, or rather freedom from being exposed to anyone who is practicing their own freedom of religion.

  4. Timmr

    Who appointed Sen. Gillibrand to be judge and jury for this guy?

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