Tuesday, December 4, 2012

California: Update--Rapist,14, of Victim, 65, Pleads Not Guilty, Bail Set at $4.5 Million

As a follow-up to my posting of November 27, entitled "California: Youthful Offenders Increasingly Pose Risk to Seniors, New Courses Offered," Kaviar King, 14, Vallejo, CA, pleaded not guilty yesterday (December 3) to all charges in connection with the alleged kidnapping,  sexual assault and rape of of a 65-year-old woman on November 15.

King has been charged as an adult with attempted murder, torture, kidnapping, carjacking, rape and various other sexual-assault charges. 

COMMENT: No doubt the court took into account King's depravity, level of violence and disregard for others by setting his bail at $4.5 million. His next court appearance has been scheduled for January 18. 

Police said the woman was kidnapped at dusk in a parking lot and forced to drive to a location where she was sexually assaulted and raped. She was later found abandoned in a ditch. 

King was arrested upon foolishly returning to the parking lot. During the abduction, police said, one of the victim's family members received a phone call demanding money for her safe return. 

I know that I'm probably dating myself a bit, but when I was pursuing a degree in law enforcement at American University, back in the 70s, I was introduced to the writings of Herbert Packer, a Stanford University law professor, who conceptualized that in Western societies there are two competing priorities in the criminal justice system: the Crime Control Model and the Due Process Model. 

Rightly or wrongly, the conflicts between these two models remain with us today, whereby prosecutors pursue an effort to control crime, while defense attorneys endeavor to preserve the rights of the accused. 

As you can probably suspect, given my background in law enforcement, my philosophy is to advocate for the victims of crime, and not the accused. 

Neither model is "wrong," just different, as prosecutors and defense attorneys alike are both officers of the court. 

In Mr. King's case, at the age of 14, he no doubt is on a path of destruction. Imagine what his skill-sets will be after years in prison? Clearly, he will fall into the category of being an incorrigible; it is very unlikely he will ever be rehabilitated. 

Hopefully, though, King will be removed from society so that he cannot continue to dehumanize law-abiding members of society. 

This case will be updated as new information becomes available.