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December 14, 2012

Florida: man claims it’s his constitutional right to rape a donkey

Posted in: Crime

I thought I’d seen it all. Of course Carlos Romero sees it as allegedly “having sex” with, in this particular case, a miniature donkey named Doodle. In the Sunshine State, bestiality has only been against the law since 2010, and the defendant’s attorneys, turned down a deal in order to pursue a constitutional challenge to the law (Huff Po):

In a motion obtained by Ocala.com and filed with Marion County court, Carlos Romero’s attorneys argue that the state’s anti-bestiality law deprives Romero of his “personal liberty and autonomy when it comes to private intimate activities.”

Romero’s lawyers said the statute violate’s their client’s due process rights and the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.

The 32-year-old previously rejected a plea deal that would have required a year of probation, a $200 fine, a psychosexual evaluation and possible treatment, STD testing, no contact with children in a school setting, no ownership or possession of any mammals and revocation of his license to work in horse racing.

This whole incident is stomach-churning — I won’t post the description of Romero’s alleged behavior with the donkey here. What I don’t understand is how his public defenders – Joshua Wyatt, Scott Schmidt and Joshua Lukman — think this has any chance of going anywhere (um, how about how an animal gives CONSENT?), never mind having their names attached to this disgusting animal abuse.
You should check out the Facebook comments on this story on my wall. Some folks latched onto the “no contact with children” portion of the plea deal as odd (or appropriate). A snippet of comments are below the fold.

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