Gut Rumbles

December 26, 2005

I still don't believe it

Here's another case of a guy raping a woman in his "sleep," and getting away with it. Maybe I'm just a naturally suspicious person, but I don't buy this shit.

I think this "automation" or "parasomnia" stuff is just too perfect a defense in rape cases today. It strikes just the right chord on the bleeding heartstrings of compassionate, gullible non-judgmental people who really WANT to believe that no one is truly responsible for his or her actions.

Yeah, he did it, but he didn't really DO IT, because he didn't know what he was doing. His BODY committed rape, but his MIND was asleep; therefore, he's not responsible for the crime he committed because he didn't commit it. The Sandman did. Get it?

Neither do I.


Um, Ok, So not only does he rape in his sleep but he can get a condom on?!?!?!?! I know waaay too many guys who struggle with the damn things while awake with the lights on...Seems fishy to me..and I don't mean her.

Posted by: Steph on December 26, 2005 09:23 PM

Yep - something just not quite right there... hell..wonder what I could get away with and claim that I was asleep...oh the possibilities...

Posted by: Lisa on December 26, 2005 10:41 PM

Ok...say we give the guy a break and admit to the posibility that he was sleep-screwing...there must still reside in his deepest mind the urge to committ rape. Maybe we could sentence him to prison time for the times he would normally sleep. and he could experiance Bubba's penchant for sleep-sodemy of new fish....

Posted by: delftsman3 on December 27, 2005 02:31 AM

So he 'read an artivle about sleepwalking the day before'. If that isn't premeditation I dont know what is. I wonder how many copycat defences of this nature we'll get in the next few months, five? ten?
Personally, I hope this woman has a large friend who 'sleepwalks' up to this cunt and caves his fucking skull in.
We used to have juries smarter than this.

Posted by: robert in england on December 27, 2005 06:14 AM

I'm a somnambulist, and have been all my life, although it is very unusual for this condition to continue into adulthood. Very little is known about somnambulism, but there is much speculation.
I DO know this much; I have NEVER done anything in my sleep that I would NOT have done when awake (that I know of).
I read a report that was submitted as an article of defense in a similar trail.
Many things were disturbing about this report, as MOST of the points of arguement were the direct OPPOSITE of things that are commonly excepted as sleepwalking behaviors.
The first, and MOST disturbing, was that the author of the report was an INSTRUCTOR at a university in Col. NOT a physician.
To make a long story short, the man was aquited.

Posted by: Lil Toni on December 27, 2005 01:39 PM

Boy, what a relief! All those things I did in alcoholic blackouts weren't my fault? I mean, it ain't sleepwalkin, but just sayin.

Brings to mind that 2 weeks into my current sobriety I met Tom E., who had run over and killed two people in an alcoholic blackout. At the time we met, he was warden of the same prison where he had done 7 years hard for the crime. I think he eventually became head of corrections for the state. Hang in there, Buddy, it gets better.

Posted by: Larry on December 28, 2005 10:55 AM
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