Why does Hawaii oppose Jessica's Law?
Hawaii state Senator Sam Slom weighs in
- Duration 4:19
- Date Mar 14, 2013
Hawaii state Senator Sam Slom weighs in
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Top story -- let's go to Honolulu.
Where there is exactly one -- Republican state senator in the entire Hawaiian legislature.
Why he refuses to pass Jessica's law and is perhaps the most liberal state in the union.
Joining us senators stand slow.
-- you know why the left in your state opposes Jessica hopeful.
Well -- -- the only thing I can tell you is basically what they say and I think it's a case of misplaced compassion.
Compassion for perpetrators.
And there's also an underlying cultural problem here.
Where some of our diverse cultures actually.
Don't see any problem -- crime in having sexual relations with young children.
-- -- you introduce a law a couple of times I mean you even introduce a watered down law right.
-- that -- -- sixty here's mandatory.
Well I didn't know I didn't introduce set -- I tried to pass being the only Republican as you mentioned -- 25.
State senators -- sit on every one of our state senate.
Committees -- sixteen of them.
Including the Judiciary Committee.
And early in the session which began in January I asked our chairman if you would hear the bill.
He said he would think about I guess is Jessica's law and here this is Jessica's law that's right it's my bill which is exactly modeled after Jessica's law.
A bill came forth that.
Was supported by the local prosecutors and by the Judiciary Chairman.
And that bill made sexual offenses.
A minimum of six years eight months.
But it only applies to offenses against children eleven years of age and under.
So why is pretty much a free fire zone -- -- a file look and violence.
It's a -- to free fired him.
-- -- -- I'd like my my -- -- friend congresswoman -- a -- or your hat on before yes I watch your program.
And I appreciate everything you've done look I love -- We're a great state we have great people but we have a dirty little secret.
And that is ironically.
The Hawaiian word that we use for the children is KT KE IKI.
And everything we do in the legislature's for the -- when we raise our salaries is for the -- when we exempt ourselves from ethics laws -- for the taking.
And when we have bureaucratic laws that don't protect children.
It's for the taking.
So you would think that with all of the discussion about how we care about our children we would protect them.
And yet the secret is that we don't do that and people really don't talk about it it's not an issue for discussion.
So when I tried on the senate floor -- couple weeks ago.
To amend the bill that we still alive to actually put -- The minimum mandatory.
45 years to life.
Why I was met with a firestorm of opposition on the floor.
And -- my democratic colleagues spoke against it and they had really tremendous there's arguments.
Oh what about if they mentally ill child rates another child another -- said.
What about the -- developmentally.
You know children that have problems there.
But the best comment came from one of the senators who said.
Suppose an eleven year old.
Is in love with a ten year old and sex occurs.
And I tried to refute this bill by saying first of all who speaks for the victim.
Everybody's talking about the perpetrators -- and you're right in your comments about restorative justice.
We had a justice -- information and read it invention initiative last year.
And the whole emphasis is trying to rehabilitate these people -- I want to take care of our children well it was a disgrace.
And you and you know this con about children with children all of these lawyers say.
It's got to be over a certain age it's an adult and a child and they still won't do it and I got to run senator and I'm gonna have you back as your very good.
But I am well you know that that the laws against harming pets.
Are more important in Hawaii then they are harming children and then we'll get if you -- to you would have.
You want a big crowd have -- a dog cruelty bill they'll get hundreds of people down Apple's iTunes bill thanks very much.