For immediate release: Thursday, January 9, 2014
A convicted child sex offender wants to become an attorney.
We should think long and hard before giving positions of power and prestige to convicted child sex offenders. Adults who sexually exploit kids often also exploit their job titles and professional status to gain access to vulnerable families and hurt children.
Membership in the bar - like the clergy - is a privilege, not a right.
This decision is not about forgiveness. It's about prudence. We can forgive those who hurt kids. But we shouldn't let them have roles and positions where they can hurt kids again.
Forgiveness is an individual, private choice. Bestowing titles on convicted child sex offenders is a public policy matter.
Forgiving offenders may help the wounded heal. But it does nothing to protect the vulnerable.