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Thursday, March 01, 2007

 
Book 'Em, Danno

I wonder how long it will take for someone to blame "don't ask, don't tell" for this:

A military jury ignored an Air Force captain's plea for leniency Wednesday, sentencing him to 50 years in prison for raping four men and attempting to rape two others.

The sentence was delivered a day after nine Air Force officers serving on Capt. Devery L. Taylor's court-martial jury found him guilty of all charges against him for drugging and kidnapping servicemen he met in bars. Taylor was dismissed from the Air Force and will not be eligible for parole for 20 years.

Update: Now that I think about it, people from opposing camps will use this case as a springboard to bash "don't ask, don't tell." Some social conservatives will blame the policy because it didn't keep him out. Some social liberals might hastily suggest that military policy forcing him into the closet turned him into a rapist (parallelling the similar illogic that priestly celibacy turns men into molesters) - until they realize what portrait that paints of the gay community back when virtually all of it was closeted...

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