Life in prison for having extreme fantasies?

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The New York Cannibal Cop has been convicted on both counts:  Illegally accessing a police database to research his potential victims, and conspiracy to kidnap, rape, torture, cook and eat his victims.

The problem is, (former) New York police officer Gilberto Valle has never been charged or convicted of anything previously.

By keeping a detailed diary of his extreme fantasy life, and by discussing such fantasies with fellow ‘enthusiasts’ online, a jury has decided this constituted sufficient evidence of a real, concrete conspiracy to commit these crimes.  As far as they are concerned, Valle was stopped before he could commit the crimes he was planning.

Most experts and close observers were stunned by this verdict.  In spite of making a detailed list of materials to use to carry out any of the plans, none of these were ever purchased or found in his home.  It appears that, at least up to the point where Valle was arrested, all of it happened in his head.

So here is the dilemma – will they send a man to prison, potentially for life, for a thought crime?

 


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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