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Don’t #FreeKate: The Hunt Family’s Hate

Posted on | June 1, 2013 | 41 Comments

Evading responsibility is really what the “Free Kate” movement is all about. Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar has mentioned the  messages between Kaitlyn Hunt and the 14-year-old: She knew it was illegal and she did it anyway. This whole thing is the fault of Kaitlyn and her family, as I explained in a comment earlier today:

There was a troll commenter on an earlier post — who got zapped by Wombat before I could reply to her idiocy. Her argument included this:

“There has to be a different way to treat these cases. Punish, yes. At 18 ruin all their chances of leading a useful life, no. … Not all states punish offenders like Kate the way Florida does. Kate was not offered a good deal and sex offender registry still loomed as a possibility. … She needs to pay her debt to society but not be burned at the stake of public opinion.”

Well, who was it that decided to appeal this case to the Court of Public Opinion?
Who was it that put up Facebook posts and a petition that deliberately misrepresented key facts in the case (including the ages of the two girls) and made Kate Hunt’s sterling character — a “model student,” according to her mother — a central part of the argument for leniency?
As I have said before but will say again: This was just a commonplace local cops-and-courts story until Kelley and Steve Hunt decided to turn Precious Kate into a poster girl for the gay-rights movement. By the time I even noticed this story (May 22), there were already more than 200,000 signatures on that “Free Kate” petition, which was crammed full of lies and perforated by omissions of basic facts. If the truth about this case had been known from the beginning — if the Hunt family hadn’t lied, and if liberals hadn’t stupidly repeated their lies — there never would have been a “story” here for me to cover.
Now that I am covering it, I find myself accused of trying to have Kaitlyn Hunt “burned at the stake” when — as anyone can see — it was Kaitlyn and her family who have sown the wind and are now reaping the whirlwind. It was Kaitlyn’s crime that caused this. It was Kaitlyn’s family’s lies that made it a national story. It was Kaitlyn’s refusal to accept the plea deal that now has her facing a court date for a felony in which her admission of guilt is already a matter of public record.
At every step of the way, Kaitlyn and her family were in control of their own destiny, faced with choices between right and wrong AND THEY DID THE WRONG THING EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Hey, you should have taken the plea deal, sweetheart. Don’t blame me for the consequences.

Let’s not forget that Kaitlyn’s mother Kelley Hunt Smith named the parents of the 14-year-old nine times in her deceitful May 17 Facebook post, deliberately unleashing hell against that family:

Ah, but the monstrously vindictive Hunts are crying “mercy” now.

Too late . . . Oops!

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41 Responses to “Don’t #FreeKate: The Hunt Family’s Hate”

  1. PATR2014
    June 1st, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM Don’t #FreeKate: The Hunt Family’s Hate #TCOT

  2. BobBelvedere
    June 1st, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM Don’t #FreeKate: The Hunt Family’s Hate #TCOT

  3. Dianna Deeley
    June 1st, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

    Awww! Is poor widdle Katie suffering some blow-back?

    Sucks to be her.

    For the record, I’m slightly more sympathetic, given her family history, than I was initially. Still not especially torn up about it, but at least given to mildly sorrowful head-shaking on her behalf.

  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:09 pm
  5. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

    I do not thinks this warrants a 15 year sentence. And I am no fan of life time sex registry listings for non violent sex offenses. But punishment is warranted and she needs to recognize this is wrong.

  6. Josh_Painter
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM Don’t #FreeKate: The Hunt Family’s Hate #TCOT

  7. Dianna Deeley
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    At this point, she’s put herself into such a corner, I’m not entirely sure she’ll be able to extract herself, even if she has a sudden rush of sense to the head, and an attack of humility. However, it would be a cruel judge who would slap her with 15 years, and it would seem unreasonable, so long as no further offenses come to light.

  8. robertstacymccain
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    The rotten apple hasn’t fallen far from the poisoned tree, but the point is: The plea bargain offered by prosecutors was about as much mercy as Kaitlyn could have expected under the circumstances. Unless you believe in decriminalizing sex with 14-year-olds, it’s very difficult to say that there was any cause for greater leniency. Now, however, the Hunts have turned this into a case about “rights,” which is a very dangerous concept to invoke, and where if they are able to succeed …

    Well, the precedent would be atrocious: Basically it would become impossible to prosecute any “consensual” act with a minor, because prosecutors would be exposed to the same sort of pressures. There is no logical stopping point in this “rights” argument. I’m sure that Florida legislators who set the age of consent at 16 thought this was proper, and did not intend that an 18-year-old could overturn the law by asserting a “right” to sex with 14-year-olds, claiming that prosecution was a result of “homophobia.”

  9. robertstacymccain
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    Nobody ever said she was going to get 15 years. In fact, the prosecutor offered a deal that would have let her avoid prison altogether. This is just another myth deliberately fomented by the Hunt family in order to gin up sympathy for Saint Kate of the Blessed Finger.

    Yes, the crime carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison, because the relevant statute applies to “consenting” victims as young as 12. But no one involved in the case ever sought to sentence Kaitlyn to 15 years for this crime, and the Hunt family knew that from the get-go.

  10. Mm
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    She will not get 15 years. Statutes are written this way to provide flexibility during sentencing. The free Katers are harping on this because it appeals to the sympathy and sense of justice in everyone, including critics, and weakens people’s resolve to prosecute. For an eye opening explanation on sentencing in the federal context, see Popehat’s explanation:

  11. BredRightAndTrue
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    Our culture has been on the receiving end of the slimy, slippery slope of liberalism for far too long.

    Let those of us whom desire to preserve what remains of our ever-decaying moral and lawful society invoke that all-too-well-known leftist meme:

    “It’s for the children!”

  12. Mm
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    And in the extremely unlikely case that a judge would give her 15 years, she could always appeal. Recently, a Virginia teacher was sentenced to 11 years for sex with a student. She appealed, claiming that she was hypersexual, and got it knocked down to 4 months. It’s all about protecting the children, you see,

  13. Mm
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:50 pm


  14. Freddy At Night
    June 1st, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

    Reckon this chick is gonna spend about as much time “incarcerated” as Lindsay Lohan did, and for the same reasons…

  15. Dianna Deeley
    June 1st, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    I quite agree with the larger point.

  16. Dianna Deeley
    June 1st, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    I never thought she’d receive 15 years; my remark about the “cruel judge” was more ironic than serious.

    Letters on a screen lack nuance. I must work on this.

  17. Guest
    June 1st, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

    The first I heard of this media storm I clicked a link on facebook to read a passage where Steven Hunt wrote the full name of the 14 year old victim.

    I was appalled. It seems others were not phased.

    The actions here of the older teens parents have been reprehensible.

  18. Mm
    June 1st, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    I also seriously doubt anyone involved in this is really a lesbian. Someone took what purports to be a screencap of Kate’s facebook page on 5/22, before she made it private. Her interest? Men: Status? Married, which leaves me scratching my head.

  19. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 1st, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    I know that. I hope the sentence is appropriate. Say on the registry for some set number of years (say five) and some confinement penalty (a year and a day). She should have taken the deal.

  20. keyboard jockey
    June 1st, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    Children can’t consent, and Florida passed Jessica’s Law they aren’t headed in the lenient direction when it comes to sexually assaulting children- minors.

    Kate was offered leniency. If she has a good lawyer he will be asking the prosecutor not to withdraw his offer.

    I don’t think the Hunts can survive the discovery stage, and sworn depositions. It happened in their house they will be called to testify under oath.

    If the Hunt’s think they can intimidate the victim by encouraging internet attack campaign against her and family – it wouldn’t matter if the victim dropped the charges the State of Florida won’t. Kate has already admitted to the acts. Their best hope is that they can still accept the deal that was offered to them before.

    “May 19-20 #FreeKate supporters dox 14-year-old’s family: “fucking bunch of bible thumpers” | @floridavkaitlyn”

    In fact if they are trying to intimidate-harass the victim, they might be leaving themselves open to new charges. Again the father was a cop so wouldn’t he know better?

    These people strike me as being of very low intelligence.

  21. Freddy At Night
    June 1st, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

    I would argue that there really is no such thing as a “lesbian”…

    I am also doubtful that there are really “gay” children.

    Now true homosexuality in men may be real, but I think the truth of the matter is best examined through the lens of history. I do believe that being “gay”and the whole idea of “sexual orientation” as we know it today is an artificial construct and about as valid and significant an identity as is being a trekkie, a biker or a goth! If one wants to make a statement; social, cultural, or political these days, you just can’t beat the gays for shock value!

  22. Dana
    June 1st, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

    The Hunts wrote:

    Does my daughter deserve to lose her life for 15 years, or 3 years, or to have no life, because of one choice she made in high school, absolutely not!!

    This happens all the time: people take decisions at 18 or 16 or 14 which have life-long consequences: dropping out of school, having sex and getting pregnant or contracting an STD, driving drunk and winding up a paraplegic, cheating on an exam and getting caught, using drugs. or joining the Army. They may not be mature enough to take these decisions, but they do, all the time, and sometimes things don’t turn out well.

  23. Freddy At Night
    June 1st, 2013 @ 11:39 pm

    Joining the Army???

  24. Ryan
    June 1st, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

    Maybe Dana didn’t mean it this way, but this is how I’d interpret what “… people take decisions at 18 or 16 or 14 which have life-long consequences: … or joining the Army” can also stand for positive decisions as well as negative decisions.

  25. Adjoran
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 2:13 am

    She would have the opportunity after a plea OR conviction to convince the judge to eliminate or limit the time on the sex offender registry under the state’s “Romeo & Juliet” statute.

  26. Adjoran
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 2:15 am

    When you set off the moonbat minions, the problem isn’t so much their low intelligence as their lack of any sense of moral restraint.

  27. Rachael Carson Zerbe
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    “A loophole in the law allows a 16-year-old or 17-year-old to have a romantic relationship with an adult as old as 23, but that same teen having a relationship with a 15-year-old classmate is illegal. When a student turns 18, as Ms. Hunt did, the penalties are even stiffer.

    Sex between young teens can be dangerous and damaging. But state law wrongly treats high school romances the same way it treats predatory acts by older adults.

    Most teens are unaware of this, and think nothing of the potential consequences of cozying up to someone at a high school dance. Understandably so. Child molestation laws are rarely enforced among high school lovers. On the rare occasions when they are, as in Ms. Hunt’s case, people are predictably skeptical about the motivations.

    There is an easy fix to this: reducing or eliminating the penalties for teens engaged in sexual contact with other teens. It is hypocritical and wrong to put hormone-addled minors in classrooms and then severely criminalize the results. Change the law, and give Ms. Hunt a break.”

  28. Freddie Sykes
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    This comment is about the mandatory use of the sex registry. I would prefer that a separate, a case by case determination be held before putting someone on the registry for life. Violent sex criminals or predatory pedophiles are a given but I hope that public urination being considered indecent exposure is an urban legend. This strikes me as the abuses that can occur with the mindless application of many zero tolerance rules.

    For some reason I am reminded of Jean Valjean being forced to carry a convicts passport and register in every village he visited. Jean’s crimes were petty theft and trying to escape from prison but he could not redeem himself until he broke the registry law.

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  30. richard mcenroe
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Considering the rest of the options Dana offered, I think it was meant in the context it was placed in.

  31. BredRightAndTrue
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    “Romance or romantic usually refers to Romance (love), love emphasizing emotion over libido.”

    Who needs all of that silly music and candlelight stuff when toilet stalls and dildos are conveniently accessible. Will leftists never grow tired of hijacking the vocabulary? 

    The #FreeKate crowd most certainly appear to be obsessed with this “teenager” category. When assessing the nuts-and-bolts of this leftist “logic,” one can only conclude the laws on the books, nor responsible parents, nor a community/state should have an issue with a nineTEEN-year-old and a thirTEEN-year-old expressing their “romantic” feelings for each other in a school restroom either. Sans arbitrary and subjective “arguments,” the #FreeKate crowd would certainly be rendered mute.

    Teenage “romance” aside, knowingly and willingly breaking current laws, as in the case of “Saint Kate of the Blessed Finger,”  appears to be perfectly acceptable with the #FreeKate ilk, as well. The excuses and rationalizations for spitting in the face of law and order is beyond typical for the “If-It-Feels-Good-Do-It!” segment of our society. Again–law and order and morals and character be damned! 

    I will save the keystrokes and defer the remainder of my thoughts and opinions on this matter to Mr. McCain’s accurate summarization of the “logic” that flows through the veins of the #FreeKate mob:

    “You must understand, when arguing with these people, that no fact or logic can ever persuade them that they are wrong. You might as well try to convince me that Auburn University is superior to the University of Alabama as to attempt to convince a #FreeKate fanatic that this deliberate violation of Florida law should be punished as a felony.

    They’ve made up their minds, and further debate is useless.

    They began their argument by reaching a conclusion and are now merely hunting around for “evidence” to justify whatever emotional prejudice inspired their initial fact-deficient rush to judgment.”

    Perfectly stated, Mr. McCain. Perfectly stated. 

  32. Rick Caird
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    I would also favor some expiration date for being on the registry and removal from the registry after that period if there are no additional violations.

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  34. Rachael Carson Zerbe
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    You in no way took apart the argument presented in the editorial. Seems you are simply a nasty old anonymous pervert hiding behind a keyboard fantasizing about Kate’s finger and where it has been, or perhaps imagining two young teenagers playing with a dildo. I mean REALLY? I was a victim of actual sexual abuse by many men (3 different adults) by age 11 so I am involved due to the misuse of the laws to protect kids from predators, and the hate Kate mentality of using words to describe her you obviously have no basic comprehension of.

  35. Dana
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    Joining the Army, as my daughters have, and our esteemed host’s son has, is a decision with life-long consequences. Many of them are good, but some can be very, very bad.

  36. Dana
    June 2nd, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    I would guess that, has the lovely Miss Hunt taken the offered plea bargain, she’d have escaped permanent status as a registered sex offender. What she did was illegal, and should be treated that way, but her “relationship” with her girlfriend does not seem like the kind of thing that most people would consider long-term predatory.

  37. BredRightAndTrue
    June 3rd, 2013 @ 12:45 am

    Speaking of “arguments”– your victimhood will not sway me from disassembling your attempt at making one.

    Tis mind-crippling and beyond curious that an individual such as yourself (a victim of sexual abuse x3, and an Aunt to a niece born to a fifTEEN-year-old child) would be so willing and vocal to give a PASS to someone who has no regard for laws that protect children. Your fanatical defense of #FreeKate grants even less regard–no, you actually express disdain–for the victim’s parents and the very laws which seek to protect children from similar animals who chose to rob you of your childhood innocence. 

    Your history, coupled with your diehard #FreeKate support, boggles the mind. 

  38. BredRightAndTrue
    June 3rd, 2013 @ 12:59 am

  39. BredRightAndTrue
    June 3rd, 2013 @ 1:29 am

    Who’s to say?! Kate’s willingness to flip her middle finger to the law, her “parents'” sordid history and behavior throughout this entire debacle, and the multitude of Kate fans (see: Rachael Carson Zerbe for a prime example) justifying her lawlessness and cheering her on, doesn’t necessarily give one the warm fuzzies that Kate-The-Sexual-Offender is willing nor able to learn a lesson, nor receive grace even when grace is served upon a silver platter. *smh*

  40. Critical Eye
    June 3rd, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    Actually, it’s about the fact that boys don’t need protecting, if the offender, er lover, is female. Only men are evil, see.

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