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Alleged Sex Offender Kaitlyn Hunt in Court

It’s been an interesting day on the #FreeKate front.   The Hunt’s Lawyer, Julia Graves, released a statement.  Here it is…


STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF KAITLYN HUNT

The actions in filing a detailed Notice of Violation of Pretrial Conditions such as the one filed in this case is almost a crime in and of itself. Of course this is my opinion as her counsel and as a parent. I fully understand what the law is. I do not know who is managing the case at this point as I receive a plea offer from Mr. Workman on Friday August 9th after 3:00 pm with no deadline to accept and a request to respond in writing for post conviction purposes one way or another. We quietly kept this to ourselves and were in the process of discussing the plea that takes time to answer all questions and fully understand the consequences. The last thing any attorney wants is a client entering a plea quickly without being fully informed. We have had motions scheduled on August 14th since June and we attended to take care of the closure of the courtroom motion by the State and a few deposition and address issues regarding witnesses. There was nothing out of the ordinary, other than it was made known a copy of the plea offer had been given to the media. Obviously until a case is settled and pled to it is imperative to still continue to prepare as though you are going to trial.

The next morning while I was in a motion hearing with another judge and client, the Notice of Violation of Pretrial Conditions is filed. The State did not get that much information that day as I received a copy to my office at 9:43 am. I only had seen it ten minutes before it was published on TCPalm. Prosecutors do have ethical obligations.

I practice Family Law as well as Criminal. One important aspect to always remember and stress to the client is “this is a public record”. What you file in a motion or petition is out there for the world to view or your children to look at later. Always be mindful of “airing your dirty laundry in public”.

I have made every effort to keep the alleged victim out of the public eye. I have not taken her depositions and do not plan to until the very last. While I feel what has happened in the past few months is an abomination to the alleged victim, I advocate for Kaitlyn. In advocating for her, that sometimes calls for taking measures that are not pleasant in asking questions.

If this matter had been considered properly in the beginning for what it truly is, we would not be where we are today — and that is with two devastated lives and two devastated families.

lt looks as though we have an alleged victim who doesn’t agree with how things are being handled by the State, her parents or their attorney. She has felt compelled to do what she thought was the only thing to save Kaitlyn from the State and her parents and that was to reach out and let Kaitlyn know this was not her idea or what she wants. I am totally cognizant that she is a minor.

For Chris Taylor to file a notice with those kinds of details in it, I just cannot begin to fathom why that was necessary. The same Notice with general language could have been accomplished and reached the same objective, to revoke her bond. What happened to a statement like “numerous texts and inappropriate language” without details? With today being the first day of school in Indian River County, I can only imagine the chatter at the school. Even if not said directly to the alleged victim, it is going to be discussed behind her back. You can’t stop it.

Nonetheless it comes down to we still have a situation of two teenagers who were in school together and involved in a consensual relationship. Yes one that under the current law is a crime, but still consensual. It was brought to an abrupt end and the older “adult” teen faces up to thirty years in prison. The younger teen cannot comprehend the seriousness of the matter because it was something she consented to. Her opinion is ignored by the State, interrogated by the Sheriff’s Department, taken to a church that labels being gay a sin, has the Bible thrown at her, all of her things in her room boxed up and taken from her, is apparently hit by her parents, and clearly yelled at for lying by her father in the presence of Detective Shepherd at the school in a subsequent interview. How could she not be confused, scared and feel as though this is all her fault and no one is listening? She already tried to speak to Kaitlyn’s mother, Kelley, who shut her down. So she turns to the only person who could possible understand in her eyes and a person she clearly does not want to see hurt and that is Kaitlyn. She wants to try to save her and in doing so she just causes the walls to continue to tumble down.

And here we are. Now there are new charges that set us all back even further. The defense of Kaitlyn Hunt will continue until the matter is either resolved or determined in a court of law, not public opinion.

LAW OFFICE OF A. JULIA GRAVES, P.A.

Attorney for Kaitlyn Hunt

First off, if you want to see a perfect dissection of this, head on over to The Other McCain.  I do have some comments that R.S. McCain did not address…

Nonetheless it comes down to we still have a situation of two teenagers who were in school together and involved in a consensual relationship. Yes one that under the current law is a crime, but still consensual.

Yes, as a lawyer, you must know that a 14 year old in the state of Florida cannot consent.  That’s why, among other things, your client is in jail!   Perhaps you missed that?

I have made every effort to keep the alleged victim out of the public eye.

You didn’t have to, your client’s mother and supporters named the alleged victim, their parents, their personal information, and engaged in a campaign of harassment against them.

The younger teen cannot comprehend the seriousness of the matter because it was something she consented to.

Do you realize that you just proved our point?  The alleged victim cannot comprehend the seriousness of it.  That’s why teens can’t consent!  Given the potential consequences of sexual activity, adults create laws to protect children from predatory adults.  That’s why two year-olds can’t vote, and three year-olds can’t drive.  They can’t deal with the implications, decision making, and the consequences!

…taken to a church that labels being gay a sin

Which makes Christianity, and the Bible, a sin?  Oh, and sexual orientation has nothing to do with the offense.  If gays want equal protection under the law, then the law should be applied the same way here, right?  In fact, prominent Gay rights groups has said as much, and do not support your client.   Are you also saying that Christians have no right to protect their children, or that  adult lesbians have a legal right to have sex with minors?  Do you understand that your argument is asinine?

…all of her things in her room boxed up and taken from her,

Well, she did run away from home to have sexual relations with your client.  Some parents place limits on children, and have consequences when they act out.   I know, it might be an alien concept to you, but that’s how parents raise kids that aren’t sitting in jail cells for having sex with minors and violating release agreements.

She already tried to speak to Kaitlyn’s mother, Kelley, who shut her down. So she turns to the only person who could possible understand in her eyes and a person she clearly does not want to see hurt and that is Kaitlyn.

On the contrary, there was communication between the alleged victim and Kelly Hunt.  The elder Hunt told her to “delete everything!” You know, destroy the evidence that your client violated the court order?  Kaitlyn Hunt instructed the victim to “lie,”  cursed at her, and warned her that she (Kaitlyn Hunt)  would go to jail if the victim admitted the truth.  The truth is the the victim was being manipulated by Kaitlyn Hunt and her mother.  They wanted the victim to lie to the court, and cover up Kaitlyn Hunt’s alleged crimes.

And here we are. Now there are new charges that set us all back even further. The defense of Kaitlyn Hunt will continue until the matter is either resolved or determined in a court of law, not public opinion.

There are new charges because your client sent pornographic images to a minor!

In the “court of public opinion?”  Your client and family appeared on the Today Show and MSNBC!  They are selling “Free Kate” merchandise!  They have put up petitions, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts.  The Hunts made this a national story.  They Hunts decided that Kaitlyn’s “get out of jail free card” was to make this as public as possible, and make it legal for adults to have sex with kids.  You can’t put the Genie back in the bottle, it’s too late for that.  The Hunts made this public, and it will stay that way until it’s over.

Was she thinking when she wrote this?

Now, here is a comment from a supporter…

Kaitlyn_Hunt_Heather_Wirth_DalagerTeachers, doctors, therapists, nurses, and the like are what are called “Mandated Reporters.”  They are required by law to report abuse.  State laws may vary a bit, and I don’t know Florida’s statute, but in my state, the teacher might be in trouble for not calling the police immediately.  She should have told the parents and the principal, but have also called the police.

If folks recall, not doing this got Joe Paterno fired, and Penn State sued out the wazoo.

Of course, Heather Wirth-Dalager thinks that as long as a lesbian is abusing the children, they somehow have a right to privacy.

I do have some notes on the whole situation, and particularly the #FreeKate crowd.

This is all a reflection of the common liberal tactic of “blame someone else.”  These people are incapable of accepting responsibility for their actions.  According to the #FreeKate crowd, the victim, and/or the parents are to blame, and the lawyer blames the prosecutor.  But, the only person not to blame is Kaitlyn Hunt.  After all, she had the legal “right” to have sex with that minor.

By my estimation, these are extremely deceived people.  They believe its OK for adults to have sex with minors.  They attack anything that resembles morality, because they have none themselves.  They do situational ethics, which means that their sense or morality, such as it is, changes based on how they are feeling moment to moment.  Having no  system of belief to guide them, they don’t understand that laws protect the innocent.  It simply doesn’t compute to them.   They don’t get that there is a wide gulf of maturity between 14 and 18.  They don’t get that the rules apply to them, or someone they love.  When they encounter a rule they don’t like, it’s “unjust,” and they don’t follow it.  And, if someone disagrees, the opposition are “haters.”  They respond to “haters” by engaging in actual hate themselves, but they don’t seem to get the irony there.

In other words, they are lost.  Christians would say that they are deceived. Bezmemov would say that they are “demoralized,” or “useful idiots.”   Satan would call them, “my busy little bees.” There is little use in engaging them, they cannot or will not see the truth.  They are incapable of it.

Updated to add picture and correct two misspelled words.  Also updated for a typo, thanks to a reader for catching that!

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