Skip to comments.John Grisham: men who watch child porn are not all paedophiles
Posted on 10/16/2014 8:04:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
As best-selling novelist John Grisham prepares to publish his new legal thriller, he argues America's prison system has run out of control.
America is wrongly jailing far too many people for viewing child pornography, the best-selling legal novelist John Grisham has told The Telegraph in a wide-ranging attack on the US judicial system and the country's sky-high prison rates.
Mr Grisham, 59, argued America's judges had "gone crazy" over the past 30 years, locking up far too many people, from white collar criminals like the businesswoman Martha Stewart, to black teenagers on minor drugs charges and - he added - those who had viewed child porn online.
"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 said in an exclusive interview to promote his latest novel Gray Mountain which is published next week....
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
He is an attorney, after all.
You watch it, you support it.
Maybe there’s more he wants to tell us...
Yep! My thoughts exactly.
He’s an idiot.
Its a depraved person who takes pleasure out of watching the exploitation of a child.
John Grisham is scum for defending them.
He is an attorney, after all.”
And most likely queer
This is exactly how Democrats think today. “Minor destruction of life is better than full destruction as long as I look cool and hip”
Burn in hell John.
His logic is insane. Adults look at child porn in the first place, why?
After an uproar began, Grisham issued an apology.
“Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography — online or otherwise — should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” the author said in a statement. “My comments made two days ago during an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable. I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all.”
Bought my last Grisham novel, that’s for sure.
If people didn’t watch it, no one would exploit children to produce it. Those that watch it belong in jail as they are contributing to these children being exploited.
Looks like his publisher might have had a word with him.
640 KFI am radio played the audio today. He is trying to justify it because a friend who is 60! was looking at child porn and spent 3 years in prison for it.
Prisons are too full? I agree. How about we start rapidly executing rapists, murderers, armed robbers, etc.? Oh and those who crave ‘generational intimacy’ also.
Looks like his publisher might have had a word with him.
A little late for that apology. I read what he said. His comments were, and he is, despicable.
His friend lied to Grisham. It wasn’t 16 year olds. It was real images of child abuse with kids under 13. His friend is a Perv.
Grisham is full of it. We read the actually comment. He’s too late. His words are an empty apology.
Agreed. Too little, too late. He showed his real colors, and can’t walk it back now.
I believe these are the federal numbers.. something around 215,000 if I understand these Federal Bureau of Prisons data. I have not found the very latest numbers for state and local yet.
Federal Bureau of Prisons Tables, August 2014
|Age||# of Inmates||% of Inmates|
|# of Inmates||% of Inmates|
|Ethnicity||# of Inmates||% of Inmates|
|Gender||# of Inmates||% of Inmates|
|Race||# of Inmates||% of Inmates|
|Sentence||# of Inmates||% of Inmates|
|Less than 1 year||6,668||2.3 %|
|More than 20 years||24,450||12.1%|
|Offense||# of Inmates||% of Inmates|
|Banking and Insurance, Counterfeit, Embezzlement||724||0.4%|
|Burglary, Larceny, Property Offenses||7,913||3.9%|
|Continuing Criminal Enterprise||454||0.2%|
|Courts or Corrections||827||0.4%|
|Extortion, Fraud, Bribery||12,428||6.1%|
|Homicide, Aggravated Assault, and Kidnapping Offenses||5,775||2.9%|
|Weapons, Explosives, Arson||32,203||15.9%|
|Security Level||# of Inmates||% of Inmates|
He's going to have to do better than "so many of these guys" before I come close to buying it. Most of the cases I've read about in the press aren't drunk 60-year-olds caught by sting operations, they're people who have thousands of pictures that are clearly not borderline teens, clearly show the abuse of young children, and who tend to be trading or trafficking in same. That's a completely different thing. If someone pays someone for child pornography he's paying that individual to abuse children, or to pay someone else to do so. That isn't guilt-free, and it isn't victimless.
Contestant #3: Who was John Grisham?
People who produce kiddie porn ought to be strung up by their johnson until dead. Of that, I am sure.
But I'm also concerned about how easy it is to plant something on someone's computer for political or other nefarious purposes.
We had an incident in our region where a pervert was "spoofing" somebody else's computer to upload this crap.
The guy who got spoofed was very lucky the cops didn't just arrest him because it was convenient and the evidence all pointed at him. Instead, he used his computer to help them catch the real perp.
So, yes, there really needs to be a clear distinction made. I also think a crippling fine and registration as a sex offender would be a more appropriate punishment for some of the older consumers rather than prison time.
Prisons ought to be reserved for society's most dangerous who need to be removed from the general population. A sick puppy viewer only is probably no more dangerous than a casual drug user. Both definitely need to be monitored but not incarcerated unless other factors indicate they are a real danger.
Agreed. Never say something that makes you look stupid.
I mean we all say things we don’t mean and that’s one thing but other things are best left unsaid.
If Grisham didn’t know about the latter rule, he has no business being a writer.
Typical out of touch idiot, I don’t care if he is a lawyer he is wrong those that are in prison are there for their crimes. This is like saying Hitler was not wrong because he also killed gypsies and others besides Jews.
The man’s a writer. His profession involves words, and the use thereof in telling stories. His comment wasn’t some flippant remark during some unexpected question while he was hailing a cab. He stated those comments during an interview.
John, say goodbye to your career. I’ll never read another novel from a child porn enabler.
Through my involvement in helping victims find freedom, I have realized that any man minimizing the impact of child porn or child molestation is a man to watch carefully. Also any man who starts splitting hairs over definitions related to these issues.
Maybe he was “just researching a book” or something.
John Grisham apologizes after troubling statements about child porn
And now we know the truth about Grisham....
He has revealed his deepest secret. A bit Freudian don’t ya think?
What % of those 127,000 whites are Hispanic?
You hit the proverbial nail right on the head.
The table appears to show that about 35% of all US inmates are Hispanic and about 65% are non-Hispanic. If I am reading it correctly.
Some of the black inmates could be Hispanic, but most of the Hispanics are undoubtedly labeled white.
This is typical of the games that the Left plays with crime statistics; Hispanics are counted as black when they are victims, and counted as white when they are perps.
U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics
|Held as adultd||6,126||5,750||4,835||5,649||6,410||5,846||5,647||4,600||4,600||3,500|
|Held as juvenile||1,489||1,009||1,268||1,184||1,294||1,373||1,912||1,400||900||1,100|
|American Indian/Alaska Nativef,g||5,500||7,600||8,400||8,600||9,000||9,400||9,900||9,400||9,300||10,200|
| Asian/Native Hawaiian/
Other Pacific Islanderf,g
|Two or more racesf||...||1,000||700||800||1,300||1,800||800||1,200||1,500||1,600|
Note: Detail may not sum to total due to rounding. ...Not collected.
a - Data for 2011-2013 are adjusted for nonresponse and rounded to the nearest 100.
b - Midyear count is the number of inmates held on the last weekday in June.
c - Persons age 17 or younger at midyear.
d - Includes juveniles who were tried or awaiting trial as adults.
e - Data adjusted for nonresponse and rounded to the nearest 100. See Methodology.
f - Excludes persons of Hispanic or Latino origin.
g - Previous reports combined American Indians and Alaska Natives and Asians, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders into an Other race category.
Sources: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Annual Survey of Jails, 2000 and midyear 20062013, and the 2005 Census of Jail Inmates.
I have not yet double checked these figures but I merely copied the table image text and numbers then added the HTML. They should be correct but I'll double check before I keep this in my files.
I cannot say. But you can go by the city and country jail numbers in my reply immediately above this one to get a good idea.
Exactly. He said what he really meant, in the interview. Sicko.
He’s right. Some are cops looking for pedophiles.
I am starting to miss the harsh treatment Moses exacted on those animals.
He is right about one thing, those pervs don’t belong in jail.
I’ll let y’all conclude where they do belong.
Grisham is a pedophile who has watched child porn. That is my comment.
Looking at pictures should not be a crime.
Making pictures of horrible crimes is a horrible crime.
“But I’m also concerned about how easy it is to plant something on someone’s computer for political or other nefarious purposes.”
Type in any number of legitimate phrases into google such as “excited puppies” and images you don’t want of things like child porn may appear. Anything that appears on your screen is now on your computer. We have seen cases where that has happened and the police claim the person was downloading child porn.
John Grisham, is that you?
These vile pigs wouldn’t be producing this abhorrent photos and films if there was no interest. Those who are viewing the material are participating in the crime.
And men who beat their wives are not murderers. /s
What the hell is he thinking...
No real surprise. Grisham loves criminals of most stripes, and he may also have a personal interest.
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