Dick Williams: There are 35 tapes out there right?
Phil Kent: Disseminated by the news media. Maybe we ought to prosecute the news media for pornography. It's not being disseminated by David McDade...It's the news media distributing them, not the D.A.
Do what?! In a sea of ridiculousness, Kent has actually plumbed new depths of ridiculousness. As has been documented here and many other places, McDade admits to making approximately three dozen copies of the videotape and providing it to media outlets and legislators. And as WSB reported Friday night, he sent at least one tape to a legislator unsolicited.
What is the color of the sky in Phil Kent's la-la land?
Stephanie Ramage of The Sunday Paper: I don't know how much consent an intoxicated 15 year old girl can give when she's in the company of older males who are taking advantage of her.
I'm going to give Ramage the benefit of the doubt here and assume she mispoke on the age of the girl but its important to note the mistake because there have been so many purveyors of falsehoods in these parts.
Let's the get the facts absolutely clear. The 15 year old was not intoxicated. She did not drink any alcohol or ingest any drugs prior to arriving at the hotel or after the party got started. The 17 year old admits to drinking prior to arriving at the hotel room.
It was Wilson's sexual intercourse with the 17 year old that resulted in the rape charge. A charge on which not only did the jury acquit but have made quite clear they were able to determine the 17 year old was able to give consent.
It was the oral sex with the 15 year old which resulted in the aggravated child molestation convictions. This is the act which resulted in Genarlow Wilson being sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Many people are making many spins in an attempt to retry the rape charge. Of course, I'm sure that was never D.A. McDades goal when he decided to release the tape. Right?
Phil Kent: And if you look at that tape, you wonder if this was a midemeanor too.
Stephanie Ramage: Have you seen the tape?
Phil Kent: I have not seen the tape.
Oh! Well at least we can cross Phil's name off the list of people who have seen the tape. Doesn't prevent him from bloviating about the contents of the tape and what "greater truths" the images tell. That's pretty much all you ever need to know about Phil Kent and his credibility.
But also we must give credit where credit is due. And from an oh so unexpected source.
Dick Williams: ...is saying the District Attorney in Douglas County may be guilty of facilitating child pornography.
Phil Kent: Well, that's absurd.
Dick Williams: No it's not!
And a light will shine in the darkest of places.