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03:28 PM on 11/28/2012
"I hope nothing like this ever happens to your two teenage sons," Taylor snapped back.

Really? Because I'd be more inclined to say I hope nothing like this ever happens to your 11-year-old daughter.
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blue555
If you respond with an essay, I'll never read it.
04:46 PM on 11/28/2012
exactly... the rape didn't "happen" to them!
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msyyz
03:22 PM on 11/28/2012
Wow, I cant believe the 11 yr old girl said she was a willing participant. Maybe she was still scared?/ Very sad story. This girl will need alot of help and counselling.. Those men all should rot in jail
04:27 PM on 11/28/2012
She probably was still scared. The lawyer, however, should know that an 11 year old can't give consent. Even if she really did, that's still statutory rape.
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blue555
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04:49 PM on 11/28/2012
She may well have been a willing participant... as far as she could be. That's irrelevant. She is 11 years old! 11 year old children can not give consent.
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03:12 PM on 11/28/2012
Just when I think lawyers can't get any scummier, they surprise me by reaching a new low. Is it possible for them to get ANY lower?
03:59 PM on 11/28/2012
Unfortunately, they are legally obliged to defend their client. Some will go through any means to win a case, rather than turn on their client.
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I wasnt here
In their hearts... Liberals know they're wrong
03:17 AM on 11/29/2012
If they got any lower, they'd be underground!

Say... now THERE'S a thought!
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teacupsmommy
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11:05 AM on 11/29/2012
Thanks. But that was a rhetorical question.
03:10 PM on 11/28/2012
I would have a hard time, as an attorney, taking on this client. I could not justify in any way the rape of anyone, obviously his justification was a giant fail too.
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jenn1977
I don't mind a reasonable amount of trouble.
05:30 PM on 11/28/2012
Ahhh...the lucky life of a public defender. Where most of your clients are the lowest of the low.
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Angie Daniels
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03:05 PM on 11/28/2012
I hate defense attorneys.
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Parade Keegan
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03:05 PM on 11/28/2012
Do any of these men have little sisters? Just curious.
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03:39 PM on 11/28/2012
Statistically speaking I would think many do.
09:22 PM on 11/29/2012
I sure as hell hope not.
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02:58 PM on 11/28/2012
That's the worst defense I ever heard. At least we know where they'll be spending their next 12-15 years.
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03:39 PM on 11/28/2012
I agree. Repulsive.
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nikkyfleming
Houston, Harris County criminal defense attorney
06:10 PM on 11/28/2012
It will be 30 years before he is eligible for parole.
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Firstsai
11:53 PM on 11/28/2012
Hasving failed to get his client acquitted, the next phase will be to get his sentence reduced to the minimum possible. With no prior convictions, and many of the charges tossed out, indecent liberties wityh a minor or statutory rape are all they have left. Unless the prosecutor can prove the girl was traumatized or physically injured, 12-15 years is the most any of the teenagers will get, and the adults might get 20 or less. With good behavior, they can get one-third to one half of their sentences knocked off.
02:57 PM on 11/28/2012
So according to the defense its okay to have sex with an 11 year old as long as she asks for it? Consensual or not they broke the law.
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Kimiko Austin-Rijs
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02:57 PM on 11/28/2012
Surely I am not reading this right. You mean to tell me that an attorney, a grown man who is old enough to have an 11 year old daughter is arguing in court that this 11 year old CHILD is RESPONSIBLE for 10 men raping her?
05:34 PM on 11/28/2012
not ten. TWENTY.
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Kimiko Austin-Rijs
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04:16 AM on 11/29/2012
Thanks for the correction 20! This guy should be ashamed of himself for even attempting to justify this travesty.
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Niasia
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02:51 PM on 11/28/2012
Seriously? She was like a spider with a web? She was 11!! There is no way she actually resembled a full grown woman...no way at all! This is sick on so many levels!
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dan harrigan
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02:37 PM on 11/28/2012
stupid pathetic low life losers.

Man I'm a terrible person... All I have are racists thoughts about this.

So I won't say anything else.
03:42 PM on 11/28/2012
you racist. They be gentle as lambs, jjust need a place to out their meet
02:33 PM on 11/28/2012
All these men are not men at all but perverts, who have no morals and no values there sick twisted and are disgusting. They should all be locked up for life and i once peps find out what they did in their well lets just say karma is a bi---ch
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02:20 PM on 11/28/2012
Steve Taylor, I hope this follows you for the rest of your life. I hope this damages your career for eternity. Karma is one mean, old, ugly b!t ch, and she is comin' for you!
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03:43 PM on 11/28/2012
I couldn't agree with you more. I hope her parent or the prosecution tries to get him censured for his "defense."
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nikkyfleming
Houston, Harris County criminal defense attorney
06:11 PM on 11/28/2012
Can't be done.
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I wasnt here
In their hearts... Liberals know they're wrong
03:36 AM on 11/29/2012
Steve Taylor Attorney-at-Law

Doin' the Devil's Work!
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iuriggs6
Sure thing. Shoot, Timmy.
02:19 PM on 11/28/2012
Mr Cruse is a pos that should never see the light of day again.
02:14 PM on 11/28/2012
This is sickening. The purpose of the law is to protect the innocent. No decent lawyer would ever use such horrible courtroom tactics against an 11 year old victim. My former husband is an attorney and an honorable human being. He would be disgusted by this.