Stikkord: rettsak

Dette er interessant. Pornoskuespillerinnen Lupe Fuentes har funnet sin nisje i bransjen ved å se mye yngre ut enn det hun egentlig er. Nylig ble en mann arrestert i Puerto Rico etter at en toller fant en pornofilm i bagasjen hans med noe han mente måtte være barneporno. Mannen ble siktet, og i rettsaken uttalte såkalte eksperter at jenta på filmen måtte være rundt 12 år gammel.

Men kvinnen på filmen var Lupe Fuentes, dengang 18 år gammel, og mannens forsvarere kontaktet henne via MySpace for å spørre om hun kunne hjelpe. Lupe reiste ned til Puerto Rico hvor saken utspilte seg, og troppet opp i rettsalen for å bevise sin alder. Den siktede ble frikjent.

Se en TV-sak om hendelsen her:

Så hvorfor er jeg så opptatt av dette? Jo, fordi hadde dette skjedd i Norge ville mannen blitt straffet på tross av at Lupe dukket opp med bevis på at hun var myndig da filmen ble spilt inn!

Norsk straffelov sier nemlig i §204a:

Den som produserer, anskaffer, innfører, besitter, overlater til en annen eller mot vederlag eller planmessig gjør seg kjent med fremstilling av seksuelle overgrep mot barn eller fremstilling som seksualiserer barn […] straffes med bøter eller med fengsel inntil 3 år.

Og hva er definisjonen av «barn» i denne sammenheng (min utheving)?

Med barn menes i denne paragrafen personer som er eller fremstår som under 18 år.

Som jeg har skrevet om mange ganger tidligere så kan man altså bli straffet for besittelse av barneporno hvis man ser på en video av en 20 år gammel flatbrystet kvinne med musefletter og skoleuniform. Skuespillerinnen på videoen er altså myndig og medvirker frivillig, men likevel mener norsk lov at man må straffes for å i det hele tatt kunne tenke tanken om at en slik kvinne kan være sexy.

Dette er ikke bare hypotetisk. Dette er den kalde realitet.

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Som en del av en «bloggstafett» til støtte for Simon Singh i saken mot den britiske kiropraktorforeningen BCA, poster også jeg følgende forkortede artikkel:


BEWARE THE SPINAL TRAP

Some practitioners claim it is a cure-all, but the research suggests chiropractic therapy has mixed results – and can even be lethal, says Simon Singh.

You might be surprised to know that the founder of chiropractic therapy, Daniel David Palmer, wrote that “99% of all diseases are caused by displaced vertebrae”. In the 1860s, Palmer began to develop his theory that the spine was involved in almost every illness because the spinal cord connects the brain to the rest of the body. Therefore any misalignment could cause a problem in distant parts of the body.

In fact, Palmer’s first chiropractic intervention supposedly cured a man who had been profoundly deaf for 17 years. His second treatment was equally strange, because he claimed that he treated a patient with heart trouble by correcting a displaced vertebra.

You might think that modern chiropractors restrict themselves to treating back problems, but in fact some still possess quite wacky ideas. The fundamentalists argue that they can cure anything, including helping treat children with colic, sleeping and feeding problems, frequent ear infections, asthma and prolonged crying – even though there is not a jot of evidence.

I can confidently label these assertions as utter nonsense because I have co-authored a book about alternative medicine with the world’s first professor of complementary medicine, Edzard Ernst. He learned chiropractic techniques himself and used them as a doctor. This is when he began to see the need for some critical evaluation. Among other projects, he examined the evidence from 70 trials exploring the benefits of chiropractic therapy in conditions unrelated to the back. He found no evidence to suggest that chiropractors could treat any such conditions.

But what about chiropractic in the context of treating back problems? Manipulating the spine can cure some problems, but results are mixed. To be fair, conventional approaches, such as physiotherapy, also struggle to treat back problems with any consistency. Nevertheless, conventional therapy is still preferable because of the serious dangers associated with chiropractic.

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080528 Matthew Chimp 01Dette synes jeg er et svært spennende tema:

Matthew, a 26-year-old chimp, is headed to court in Europe as part of a human effort to classify him as a person.

Beyond the legal challenges, anthropologists say chimpanzees are not humans, though without a clear definition of what it means to be human, backing that claim up is a challenge perhaps fit for some great courtroom drama.

[…]

«One of the hard things is there is no single characteristic that has been found that makes humans truly unique,» said Sarah Brosnan of Georgia State University. Brosnan studies social behavior and cognition in non-human primates.

Making matters worse, chimps show a smorgasbord of behaviors once tagged to humans only, including altruism, tool-use, an ability to learn from their kin and deal-making behaviors.

Looking to genetics for an answer is also thorny. If you were to line up any string of nucleotides (structural units) from a chimp’s DNA with the corresponding human strand, about 96 or 98 out of 100 of the nucleotides would match up.

«Nobody is going to look at a human genome and a chimp genome and mix them up,» Brosnan said. «But human genomes are different from each other, so it depends on where you draw the line.«

Jeg har sympati for ideen om å gi enkelte dyr «menneskerettigheter» basert på deres selvbevissthet, følelsesliv og evne til å føle bevisst frykt og smerte, men åpner man først opp for en art – hvor setter man da grensen?

If Matthew the chimp were declared a person, scientists foresee it would open a messy can of worms.

«In general, I don’t think that it’s a good idea to grant chimpanzees legal human rights,» Mitani said. «Chimpanzees are well-known to kill each other. What would we do to perpetrators of those ‘crimes?’«

And what about other animals, like dogs and dolphins: A chimp-is-a-person ruling could trigger similar court cases in support of non-human animals getting human status, said Brosnan and other anthropologists.

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Interessant:

Police had already arrested a Wellington County man early last year before his teenage daughter confessed the huge amount of child porn on the family computer belonged to her.

A Guelph court heard yesterday the girl, then 15, was being interviewed as a potential witness against her father when she admitted she was the one who had downloaded images and videos of children being sexually abused.

The girl admitted to police she is «sexually attracted to young girls,» assistant Crown attorney Murray deVos told the court.

The girl, now 16, pleaded guilty yesterday to possessing child pornography.

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Police ultimately found 1,578 images and 18 videos of child pornography.

DeVos said the materials depicted children as young as six or seven engaged in «a full range of sexual activity.»

Det interessante her er om bildene av barn så unge som 6-7 år utgjorde hoveddelen av bilde- og videomaterialet, eller om de bare var unntakene mens materialet hovedsakelig var av jevnaldrende jenter. Jeg synes nemlig det er noe som er sykt med å kriminalisere en 15 år gammel jentes interesse for andre jenter på omtrent samme alder.

[The Judge] agreed to adjourn the case, ordering a presentencing report and psychiatric assessment before the girl returns to court Sept. 2.

Skal en ung jente virkelig anses som mulig psykisk forstyrret fordi hun interesserer seg for andre unge jenter?

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