Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Law Doesn't Apply to You (if you a white, male Texas Sheriff)

Apparently rape isn't that bad as long as your a Texas Sheriff.
Bill Keating, a 62 year old man, is accused of raping a woman repeatedly, telling her,
"...she would be required to “assist” him. Keating admitted that the assistance he referred to included oral sex with him on multiple occasions and an agreement to act as an informant for the Montague County Sheriff’s Office. Keating told L.M. that if she complied with his request, that he would help her get a job, a place to live and that she wouldn’t be criminally charged with possessing any drugs or drug-making equipment that was found in the home. Keating also told her that if she didn’t comply, she would go straight to jail."
Now, Mr. Keating has been released until his sentencing in May. Why? Because he is in "stable marriage" and "this crime and other alleged misdeeds happened when he was acting as the sheriff (he's since been replaced)."

This is outrageous. Period. Mr. Keating may not been a flight risk, but he is a threat to all women. A "stable" marriage and a (former) job title do not bring exemption from the law.

7 comments:

Amelia said...

Wow...

That's horrible, and so frightening to think that people cannot always trust those they are supposed to go to when they need help.

Depresso said...

In the UK, it seems that more alleged rapists, police officer or otherwise, are released on bail. Because they aren't a risk to society or something. Immediately, women cease to become part of society. Sheezus, I read recently about a man who turned up in Frace with a 15 year old girl after establishing an online relationship with her (I'm not sure if it was abduction or she ran away; it seems that she chose to go with him) and it soon emerged that he was out on bail after being charged with raping another girl of 16.

metalsunflower said...

If he's out raping other women, it's hardly a "stable" marriage, now is it?

Karen said...

I am so furious I could spit fire about now. He rapes a woman and gets to go free for three frakking months because he's not a threat to the "community"? Thanks, Texas for stating that women aren't a part of the community. I love you too.

Ojibway Migisi Bineshii said...

This is absolutely disgusting! He is not in a stable marriage if he raped someone. He is a threat to the community - he is a rapist!

Authority often is people who are corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

oddinnuendo said...

That's sickening! One law for all PLEASE.

neoplasm said...

How could that possibly be a stable marriage?