So last night (this morning, their time, not that it makes a huge difference), the BBC tweeted a story about John Grisham taking issue with the way that people who seek out child pornography are treated by the justice system, and especially the jail sentences they receive. "Okay," I thought, "he's arguing against the criminalization of pedophilia as a mental disorder, albeit using the spurious argument that accessing kiddie porn isn't really a crime."
Well, not quite. Let's see that rock-solid argument for legal reform, noted author (and lawyer) John Grisham:
He focused his anger on the length of imprisonment imposed on offenders who download images of children being sexually abused.
He said a "good buddy" of his had been imprisoned for three years for viewing child pornography on a website labelled "sixteen-year-old wannabe hookers" when his drinking was out of control.
"We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who've never harmed anybody, would never touch a child," he told the Telegraph.
Ah. I see. Have a few too many, accidentally—presumably—go looking for 16 year-old hookers online, and next thing you know, people think you're some kind of degenerate. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, when will our legal system wake up and start considering the plight of the middle-age white gentleman?