While we can all agree that the Gordon Lee case should never have happened — surely the trauma of seeing a small drawing of a normal penis is less upsetting to the two young boys involved than being coached as part of a witch hunt — there is something very strange going on.
First the case had to be delayed because it turned out the prosecutors had the wrong victim: charges were refiled and went from a felony to a misdemeanor. As the CBLDF timeline puts it:
Lead counsel Alan Begner said, “I have never — as a criminal trial lawyer for thirty years — seen a complete changing of the facts like this. Throughout the year and a half before that trial date, through written statements, the investigation, and the presentation of evidence before the grand jury, as well as the written accusation and indictment, the State had steadfastly asserted that the comic book had been handed to the nine-year-old. The dismissal of the charges today reflects the prosecution’s admission that everything that was presented as evidence before was untrue, and that they had stuck to the false facts through procedure after procedure in the case. How did a year and a half of statements based on one set of facts get changed at the last minute to another set of facts?”
After this bamboozling, the trial was set to get underway this week. But first the start was delayed due to a broken air conditioner. In a sweltering court room, this was a matter of some urgency.
After every comics website has trumpeted the headline “GORDON LEE TRIAL TO BEGIN TODAY” yesterday, it turned out we were to be denied again — the judge in the case came down sick. Perhaps gthe filter in the Ac needed to be changed, and the judge had come down with the ague.
And now, because of the way the Rome, GA court docket works, the trial has been delayed until NOVEMBER:
“Everyone gets sick, and Judge Salmon would surely excuse either our team or the prosecution from trial if any of our key players were too ill to appear,” Brownstein said. “This isn’t like the prosecutors calling off the case in April of 2006 because they had their facts wrong; this is a normal, unavoidable human reality.”
To us, one thing is clear, and we hope the good people of Rome, GA get the message loud and clear:
GOD DOESN’T WANT GORDON LEE TO GO TO JAIL.
In His infinite wisdom and mercy, He is sending us signs. It is up to us to listen.