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March 12, 2013 - 2:08 pm
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I lean socially conservative on issues relating to our society, but our imagination is an area where government regulation is nonsensical, ineffective, and illegal.  Also, the notion of regulating the internet is another inane characteristic of government overreach.  Valle’s no angel.  He did access a database without permission to find would-be victims in order to quench his depraved thirst for eating women – but did he hurt anyone?  While the evidence is strong – and macabre – Valle was interacting on a fetish site with like-minded company. Of course, they’ll push the envelope.  It’s a site designed to serve as an outlet for them to discuss their abnormal sexual proclivities.

There were no bodies, no monetary transactions, and no consumption.  A disturbed man with sordid sexual desires, a distraught woman, and an online community still talking about extreme fetishes are all that remains in this bizarre episode of American justice.

 

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Matt Vespa is a conservative blogger who contributes to CNS News, RedState, Noodle Pundit, and was formerly with Hot Air's GreenRoom.

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The commentors have a point. Once he crossed the line into illegally acessing confidential sites to find victims, and making actual money offers to potential accomplices, he was no longer just thinkng, he was doing. A life sentance may be too much though, since people get that for actual murders, not just plotting a murder that never happened, but I could definitely see 20 yrs. The comparable crime here would be attempted murder, which I beleive does not carry a life sentance. A life sentance for conspiricy to murder should not apply unless their was an actual victim, who was either murdered, or at least actually attacked.
1 year ago
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Mr. Valle was also convicted of accessing police databases improperly. That's makes his make believe world a little more real. He was looking for victims and sharing their information with his cohorts. It is a little disturbing this detail was left out of this article. Surely the author, if he was following this case at all, was aware of Mr. Valle's use of confidential information available only to the police. IMO, he got what he deserved.
1 year ago
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Sorry, you misunderstood the prosecution and the convction. He wasn't convicted for having ideas. Read the article you link to!
1 year ago
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no one was harmed -- no transactions of money were made --- all he had was sick, twisted sexual fantasies, which isn't illegal. Yes, he illegally accessed a federal database, but that worthy of a life sentence?
1 year ago
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If I was one of the people he chose as a potential victim, I would expect that agreeing to pay people to abduct, kill and eat me would be considered a serious crime. I would be shocked and terrified to learn otherwise.

If all he did was post 'I want to kill and eat people', and he was charged with a crime, I would also be shocked and terrified. That would clearly be prosecuting a thought crime.

In my opinion, if you create evidence that you have agreed to hire people to abduct people, this should result in you getting charged for a crime.

This also illustrates why it's extremely difficult for anyone, including (especially?) the government, to predict which nutcases will actually act on these thoughts. Some do, and no law can adequately protect you from them.
1 year ago
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No, Valle was not convicted of a thought crime. He was convicted of conspiracy. He agreed to pay others to commit a crime on his behalf. That agreement is itself a crime, even if the crime they planned never took place. The defense tried to paint it as a thought crime, but the jury wasn't buying, and neither am I.
1 year ago
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@ Cybernetic - Agreed. A mountain of evidence was presented that Valle had every intent in the world to turn his sick fantasies into reality. Therein lies the difference. He left the realm of make-believe when he went shopping for co-conspirators to kidnap, rape, murder and eat women. Thank god this guy's off the streets.

PS: My first comment got eaten. Grrr.
1 year ago
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No, he should not go to jail. He should be committed. Such a person is insane, and he is a ticking time-bomb. Do not think for a second that he won't move to acting out his fantasies. It is illegal to have kiddie porn, so why not cannibal porn?
1 year ago
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When you swim in a sewer, you might drown.
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