I know this took place in Italy but, Lord Almighty, it is seriously bad thinking and maybe even bad law.
A 34-year old Italian man who had sex with a 13-year-old girl has had his sentence cut by a third because a court decided there was "real love" between the pair.
Antonio de Pascale, a butcher from Vicenza, admitted that he had a four-month long relationship with the girl, who sent him a stream of torrid text messages on his mobile phone.
His lawyers argued, however, that there was a "deep tenderness" between him and the girl and that he had "fallen head over heels in love" after a sexual encounter in his car. They said the girl had consented to every action.
I stand firm that any male of 34 will have sufficient worldy experience to groom any 13 year old female. He has the ability to make her believe that black is white such that she would consent to anything. I can remember a number of occasions in my late teens where I talked my way into such relationships with girls of my own age. It was not very difficult. Any stubborness was inevitably overcome with a visit to the theatre to see Carousel.
Where I feel the law has been directly thwarted comes from "deep tenderness" between him and the girl and that he had "fallen head over heels in love" after a sexual encounter in his car. So, he did not have the in love excuse until after the first offence. He should have been charged with that. His style and morality is really summed up there; a sexual act with a underage child in the back of a car. The locals knew what to do with Mussolini - why cannot this guy, rope, and lamp post all meet in the one place at the one time?