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DA makes her point about sexual abuse

A succinct quote, whether true or not, often drives home a point far better than a ponderous discourse.

Chalk up one for Limestone District Attorney Kristi Valls who reacted to the state Criminal Court of Appeals overturning former County Commissioner Walter McGlocklin's 2004 conviction for first-degree sexual abuse.

"The court," she said, "has sanctioned free 'feels' by surprise."

The court, however, said the sexual abuse statute doesn't support the testimony of an 18-year-old woman that Mr. McGlocklin surprised her when he reached under or bra and touched her breasts.

The court said there was no "forcible compulsion" in the alleged incident, which Mr. McGlocklin continues to deny.

There's even debate if a lessor charge of harassment would have better fit the allegation.

Ironically, state law is clear about socking somebody in the jaw, but not about a surprise groping.

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