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Wayne County Cops Let Alleged Rapist Go Free After Victim Commits Suicide

November 12, 2010

God, I am so embarrassed that this happened in Michigan, but Wayne County Sheriff’s Department is letting an alleged rapist go free after his victim, a 14-year old girl, commits suicide:

A statutory rape charge against an 18-year-old Michigan man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl has been dropped after the girl committed suicide, according to the Wayne County, Michigan, prosecutor’s office.

“Our witness was the evidence and her testimony was going to be our evidence in the case,” said Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office. “Our heart goes out to the family in what is just a tragic case.”

The mother of Samantha Kelly made a tearful plea for justice on Wednesday after watching former defendant Joseph Tarnopolski go free.

“My daughter did not get any justice before this, and she is not getting justice now,” Kelly’s mother, June Justice, told reporters, according to CNN affiliate WDIV.

Samantha Kelly’s death removed evidence and testimony that might have led to a conviction, and made it impossible for the defendant to face his accuser under oath in open court, Miller said.

The girl’s body was discovered by her 12-year-old brother after she hanged herself in her bedroom on Monday, according to Huron Township Detective Scott Carey.

So, apparently it’s not rape in Wayne County if the victim commits suicide.  Wayne County Prosecutors get the Asshole of the Week award, right up there with Ofcom, the Islamic television station that promotes marital rape.  Way to go Wayne County, MI!

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Cooper permalink
    November 12, 2010 8:28 pm

    As gut wrenching as this case is, there’s not much the prosecutor can do. Rape cases are normally he said, she said cases. But without a she, there’s no evidence to bring against the guy for a rape charge. It sucks, and it’s heartbreaking, and I hate thinking about it, but that’s how the laws of our land are set up. Better to watch 1oo guilty men go free than to see an innocent man jailed.

    • brokeharvardgrad permalink*
      November 16, 2010 5:21 pm

      Depending on what evidence had been collected prior to her death, there is more the prosecutor can do, but then again, he obviously doesn’t think so.

  2. GUY permalink
    September 25, 2011 10:57 pm

    u shoudnt talk about muslims that way because we do not promote rapists. LOOOK AROUND none of them are arab buddy.

    • brokeharvardgrad permalink*
      September 27, 2011 3:19 pm

      You misread the commentary. Ofcom is a station that promotes rape in a marriage. No one is stating that Muslims promote rape.

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