Friday, July 7, 2006

The Times & Courier's Minority Report

Remember Minority Report, the Tom Cruise movie about the ability to arrest people for crimes they will commit in the future? Reading this article in the Times and Courier made me wish this reporter had been just a little quicker with his inquiry:
Hume due back in court to face rape charges
By Patrick Brodrick/ Staff Writer
Thursday, July 6, 2006

CLINTON - A Clinton man charged with rape and sexual assault will be back in court on July 17.

Migisha Hume, 21, of 1 Coolidge Place, Apt. 620, Clinton, is being charged with two counts of rape, assault with intent to rape and indecent assault and battery on a person 14 years or older, after Hume allegedly assaulted a girl in the back of his car while his friend drove the vehicle. Hume will be back in court later this month for a probable cause hearing so the court can determine if there is enough evidence in the case to proceed with a trial.

Hume, who was reached after the assault, told the Times & Courier he did not wish to comment on the allegations being levied against him. (emphasis added)
Was reaching Hume before the alleged assault an option? If so, the reporter certainly should have told Hume that he'd be better off not assaulting someone. That's the trouble with reporters these days, they only report the news after it happens. More:
It was while the vehicle was driving around that Hume allegedly began kissing the girl, then forced the girl to perform oral sex on him. When he tried to remove the girl's clothing, police said the girl told him to stop, at which point the alleged sexual assault took place.
Let me get this straight, Hume allegedly "forced the girl to perform oral sex," yet the report suggests the assault didn't take place until the victim resisted his attempts to strip her? Isn't forcing someone to perform a sex act assault? What am I missing?

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