14 months ago, a mentally disabled African-American high school student in Idaho fell victim to a gang assault that allegedly involved one of the perps jamming a coat hanger into the victim, causing severe injuries that required hospitalization. Presently, the victim is in a psychiatric hospital, but his family filed a lawsuit against Dietrich High, where the incident took place, and its faculty for failing to protect the victim.
Deputy Attorney General Casey Hemmer claimed that while the actions of John R. K. Howard were egregious, it wasn't a sex crime.
Howard pled guilty to a lesser charge, and will be sentenced in February. Prosecutors have recommended 300 hours of community service, and the plea bargain allows Howard to maintain his innocence despite the evidence against him.
BOLLOCKS & BALDERDASH!
The victim's family filed at $10 million dollar civil lawsuit alleging "deliberate indifference" toward the safety of the victim. But, then, there's this gem, courtesy of Raw Story, that might explain the AG's office's lame position:
“Mr. Howard is a relative of prominent individuals in the community and, at least in part due to his athletic ability and community connections, the Defendants ignored or were deliberately indifferent to the behavior of Mr. Howard which included aggression, taunting and bullying of The Plaintiff and other students in the District. With deliberate indifference, the Defendants did nothing to curb the vicious acts of Mr. Howard who brought with him from Texas a culture of racial hatred towards the Plaintiff.” (bold italics mine)
Roughly translated, Howard comes from a wealthy family of influence, and likely is another punk with affluenza. He & his family relocated to Idaho from Texas, and, as noted above, brought with them the negative attitude that got him in trouble. Someone's palms got greased to get this dweeb off, but there's nothing to save him, or his associates, or even the moronic Hemmer, from getting the Weasel ears for this week.
How much d'ya wanna bet this will bring the usual agents provocateur (i.e. Al Sharpton) to Idaho?