22 year old female teacher arrested for alleged rape of student
I. A Courtney Louise Jarrell, who is a 22 year old high school math teacher /coach in Riverton High School in Utah, was charged with object rape, a first-degree felony, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. The person she is accused of rape is a 17 year old girl.
Looking at the picture of Jarrell, she looks about 17 herself. In many states,17 years old is consensual for sex. There are no allegations that she forced or used violence against the student. It was consensual except for the age.
While I don't disagree Jarrell should face some level of punishment, to charge her with felonies, unless there is evidence about the case that is missing so far, is unwarranted. Jarrell and the student are basically the same age. They could have went to grade school together, and they might have done so.
Should Jarrell lose her right to possess a gun for the rest of her life, because of such a conviction? If I was on her jury, I would exercise my right to jury nullification, a right all Americans have possessed since before we even became a nation. Jurors, no matter what they may be told, do not have to convict people of unjust laws or unjust prosecutions. This is especially important when it comes to unjust marijuana prosecutions, especially medical marijuana.
It does not make a difference to me if the teacher was a 22 year old male, or if it was a 22 year old male teacher and 17 year old male student. Charge such a person with a misdemeanor, fine, but not a felony.
By the way, here in Milwaukee a teenage boy was shot over a marijuana dispute last night. The issue was one of a turf dispute. Teenage children die every day in America because our nation continues to make marijuana illegal. But who cares, right? Most of those killed aren't white, so isn't all that really matters?