Cyntoia Brown

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Cyntoia Brown

Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West Rally for Cyntoia Brown

Lawyer argues teenage sex trafficking victim's life sentence is unconstitutional

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/rihanna-kim-kardashian-west-ral...

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On August 6, 2004, 43-year-old Johnny Allen solicited Brown and took her to his home. She told police that while they were in bed, Allen reached for something underneath the bed, Brown thought he was looking for a gun, so she took the handgun she had in her purse and shot him. She took money and two guns before leaving Allen's home.

In 2006, Brown was tried as an adult and the jury rejected her plea of self defense. She was found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. Brown is currently serving a life sentence in the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville.

To be fair, wouldn't she have likely been convicted of the same in Canada?  In other words, wouldn't she have had to wait until he pointed a gun at her, to point a gun at him?  Personally, I don't always agree with that, but isn't that how it works?

And if she was "trafficked", that's criminal, but we're not talking about her shooting the person who trafficked her.

I'll also note that she testified that she thought he was reaching for a gun.  I'm OK with that, too, but isn't that what every cop says?  Are we ready to give credibility to that?

Sineed

Mr Magoo wrote:
I'll also note that she testified that she thought he was reaching for a gun.  I'm OK with that, too, but isn't that what every cop says?  Are we ready to give credibility to that?

Personally, I wouldn't equate a 16 year old girl about to be raped by a 43 year old man with a cop who shoots someone. This story points to the problem of normalizing sex work: this teen was sold into a life where she was raped on a daily basis, but her plea of self-defense is rejected because sex work isn't sufficiently regarded as inherently violent and degrading.

NorthReport

Thanks Sineed. Very well said.