John Grisham Apologizes For Saying Child Porn Punishment Too “Harsh” (VIDEO)

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John Grisham Child Porn Comments

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John Grisham Child Porn Comments

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John Grisham apologized on Thursday for his controversial recent comments about prison sentences for child pornography consumers being too “harsh.”

The best-selling author faced enormous public backlash after he told the The Telegraph that judges in the United States should be more lenient when sentencing those who are caught viewing child porn online.

In the original interview (see video below), Grisham noted that while he has “no sympathy for real pedophiles – God, please lock those people up,” he thought that “so many of these guys [looking at child porn] do not deserve harsh prison sentences.”

The writer went on to explain that one of his friends from law school went to prison for three years after he was caught in a child porn sting set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police:

His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website. It was labelled ‘sixteen year old wannabee hookers or something like that.’ And it said ’16-year-old girls.’ So he went there. Downloaded some stuff — it was 16 year old girls who looked 30.

He shouldn’t ’a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And God, a week later there was a knock on the door: ‘FBI!’ and it was sting set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch people — sex offenders — and he went to prison for three years.

“We’ve got prisons now filled with guys my age, 60-year-old white men, in prison, who have never harmed anyone,” lamented Grisham. “Who would never touch a child, but they got online one night, started surfing around, probably had too much to drink whatever and pushed the wrong buttons, and went to far and went into child porn or whatever.”

Amid public outrage over this comments, Grisham took to his website on Thursday to issue an apology, stating, “Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography — online or otherwise — should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

He continued, “My comments made two days ago during an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable, adding, “I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all.

What do you think of Grisham’s original statements and apology?

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