Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Daily Record: Bill aimed at predators ignites parents’ blog protest

A blog post on the site of a Montgomery County parents’ group this weekend assailed — in often personal terms — three local state senators for their sponsorship of legislation that would make it a misdemeanor for part-time and volunteer school and recreational coaches to have sex with a 16-year-old under their charge, but only if the perpetrator is at least seven years older than the victim.
Sen. Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin, the chief sponsor of Senate Bill 460, said the measure closes a “giant loophole” in Maryland law that held full-time teachers and coaches 21 years of age and older criminally liable for having sex with a 16-year-old in their charge — but not part-time employees and volunteers. Sixteen is the age of consent in Maryland.
However, Rosanne Hurwitz, of Rockville, who wrote the blog post, noted that current law allows no permissible age disparity between the perpetrator and victim. Thus, she said, SB460 would create a loophole by enabling any teacher, coach or volunteer to have sex with 16-year-old mentees, so long as he or she is not seven years older...
...“What is relevant is the bill is a mess to begin with and it creates more loopholes,” Hurwitz said, adding that a 22-year-old teacher could have sexual relations with a high-school junior without fear of prosecution. “He [Raskin] is creating more problems than he’s solving.”...
...Neither Forehand nor King returned telephone messages Monday seeking comment.


  1. Raskin likes to cry when he is challenged.

    "The Real Democrat"
    State Sen. Ida G. Ruben, who's facing a tough challenge in the Democratic primary from Jamie Raskin in Montgomery County's District 20, changed the tone of the race late last week, when she sent out campaign mailer declaring that her opponent is not a "real Democrat."

    Ruben picked apart Raskin's positions in several legal cases to suggest that he helped elect President George W. Bush "through his support of third party candidates" and is aligned with "radical pro-life groups that intimidate women and doctors."

    Raskin's campaign immediately condemned the mailer as "lies, fabrications and distortions" and demanded an apology for the "vicious Karl Rove-like attacks."

    His campaign Web site urges voters to mark the flier: "Return to Sender/No Negative Politics Accepted."

    A constitutional lawyer, Raskin supported Bill Clinton's re-election in 1996 and the right of third-party candidate Ross Perot to participate in presidential debates.

    In 2003, he wrote a brief in a case to try to protect protestors protesters from being prosecuted under criminal racketeering laws. His position, which was supported by eight Supreme Court justices, was at odds with the National Organization for Women.

    "I was standing up for a basic First Amendment principle," said Raskin, who had been working for Greenpeace and a labor union at the time. "It has nothing to do with the issue of abortion. It's all about the right of protestors protesters, and it's beneath the dignity of our politics to put this type of trashy material in people's mailboxes."

    Ruben's campaign manager Philip Olivetti said the senator stands by the substance of the flier, which that was sent to 15,000 likely Democratic voters in the district that includes Takoma Park and Silver Spring and Takoma Park.

    "It's important that the voters know her record of accomplishments, and it's important that they have all the facts about her opponent," Olivetti said.

    The controversy gave Raskin a boost from Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D). He denounced Ruben's mailer, saying, "This kind of Karl Rove politics has no place in the Democratic Party. The voters should demand a clean and honest campaign."

    Ann E. Marimow

  2. Raskin is a baby who was outed for his lies.

  3. Now here's a bill that the legislature will agree upon unanimously:


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