Phoenix DA Decides Not To File Charges Against Woman Accused Of Groping TSA Agent

from the is-that-good-or-bad? dept

Well, well. There was a lot of talk earlier this week about the woman, Yukari Miyamae, who was arrested for allegedly groping a TSA agent at a security checkpoint. The police reports claimed she had grabbed the agent's breast. In some press reports, Miyamae had claimed she did not actually grope anyone. And now... the district attorney's office in Phoenix has decided not to press charges, claiming that what she did "did not rise to the level of a felony offense under state law." She may still be charged with a misdemeanor, however, though that would be a city issue. At this point, it's not entirely clear what happened. Either the original claims by the police were simply not accurate and she didn't do what they claimed (as she asserts). Or the DA may have realized that going forward with such a prosecution would be problematic for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the equivalence issue that plenty of people have raised, about whether or not the TSA gropings themselves are a form of sexual molestation.
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    Rose M. Welch (profile), 20 Jul 2011 @ 5:10pm

    Re: Re: It's a waffle because of publicity.



    Extra-legal: Not permitted and governed by law.

    second.. she could be punished...up to murdered. So the DA could have her murdered? umm... what??

    That depends on your view of culpability.

    For instance, if a public official ensures that an accused child molester is placed in a cell with a known violent criminal, that is certainly an extra-legal way to assure that they're beaten. But is the public official culpable for their beating?

    Another frequent extra-legal punishment (or reward) is to ensure that a prisoner is sent to a facility that is known to be bad (or good). These types of punishments and rewards are also extra-legal.

    Yes, I know you meant something like "she could be *charged* with anything up to and including murder."

    I believe that out_of_the_blue meant that the officials involved could ensure that she was punished by extra-legal methods up to and including murder. Rape is more likely, however.

    Again... what??

    That's what I'd really like to ask you.

    Are you really that daft to think that this would go unnoticed and unreported by anyone if something like that were to be considered?

    If it's 'considered' by the officials involved, who is going to notice and bring it to the attention of the public? Certainly not any of the officials that use such tactics.

    Do you really think the DA is that stupid to pursue something like that?

    Do you really think that our public officials are the brightest crayons in the American box? Really?

    That DA obviously has SOME smarts because the DA office decided to ditch this case.

    Maybe. Or they could just be waiting for the ADD mind of the public to move on to the next spectacle before charging her with something else for the common-yet-extralegal crime of embarrassing them. After all, the DA chose to bring the charges in the first place.

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