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Mailing It In

From O.J. Simpson to a question of consent, it was another busy week for The Lineup Mailbag!

E-mail No. 1:

Kimberly,
I enjoy your show on FOX and would respect your opinion regarding the following: Do you view teens 14 to 17 engaging in sexual activity as consensual or that it could be misconstrued to be forcible? If kids 12 to 17 can go to Planned Parenthood without their parents' knowledge and they are protected from their parents knowing it and then they engage in sexual activity it would be easy for a teen to blame someone for forcible activity even if it is consensual. Do you believe that 14, 15 or 16 year olds engaging in sexual activity with a 17 year old should be treated the same as someone over the age of 18 engaging in sexual activity with a 14, 15 or 16 year old? There are some law enforcement who could easily twist things and manipulate teens on this topic. Could you give me your take?
Thank you!
Penny

ANSWER:

Penny,
Thanks for your e-mail. These are really tricky questions that deserve careful consideration. When someone over the age of 18 engages in sexual activity with someone the law considers to be a child, the case should be carefully investigated by law enforcement. High school students engaging in a consensual sexual relationship is a much different issue than an adult taking advantage of a teenager or a child. The key is that parents need to be involved and aware of what's going on. It isn't always easy to say when the matter crosses over from being a parental and student issue to being a legal or criminal matter, but the solution begins with strong parenting at home. These cases are rarely black and white and need to be handled on a case by case basis to make sure the law is not applied unfairly or arbitrarily.

E-mail No. 2:

Just wanted to give a "shout out" from South Dakota. Been watching you since you were on Court TV and now on FOX News. Really enjoy and respect you, and am enjoying your new show on FOX News. Of course how objective can I be? I'm a retired police officer of 24 years! Just kidding, of course I'm objective and I really do respect your presentations and your insight.
You couldn't be more right on this O.J. Simpson "thing." When I first heard about that show, I was MORE than outraged. I love the fact that we live in a free country, but there are the downsides to it too... and the way he can walk around free now and do things like this and make a "mockery" of the horrific murder, is a price (I guess) we pay for living in a free country. I dunno. It just makes me shake my head all of the time. Just when you think you aren't gonna hear anything from or about the guy anymore, here it comes again. I hope the Goldmans and the Brown family can do something to finally start getting paid what a jury felt they were owed. It won't make up for their loss, not even close, but it just seems like O.J. continues to spit on the graves of Nicole and Ron, and also spits on their memory and the respect of their families. And the families have no recourse. No justice, no justice at all.
Thanks for letting me vent. Keep up the good work Kimberly. Have a great rest of the week!
Regards,
Dana Palmateer
SD

ANSWER:

Dana,
Thanks for the great e-mail. It seems that O.J. Simpson isn't going to let the Brown or Goldman families have any peace whatsoever in their lives. Sadly, we now see Arnel Simpson involved in the law as well. It seems the tragedies of the double murder continue on today. We can only hope that O.J. Simpson will stop tormenting those involved, and learn to behave in a civilized way and show some respect for his slain wife, Ron Goldman, and their family and friends. Perhaps he will be motivated by the idea of being a good role model to his wife's children.
— Kimberly

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