TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Lawyer In Ohio Rape Case:

16-Year-Olds Don't Have

Fully Developed Brains

3/19/2013 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

031913_pierce_morgan_launch
Ma'Lik Richmond -- one of the high school football players convicted of rape in Steubenville, Ohio -- shouldn't be forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life because he's only 16 ... and therefor doesn't have a fully developed brain ... this according to Richmond's lawyer.

Walter Madison went on "Piers Morgan" last night and told the CNN host why he plans to appeal the case -- in which Richmond was sentenced to at least one year in juvenile prison for raping a 16-year-old girl with his fingers at a high school party.

As part of the punishment, Richmond will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life ... something Madison says is completely unfair. 

"I don't believe that a person at 75 years old should have to explain for something they did at 16 when scientific evidence would support your brain isn't fully developed ... when evidence in the case would suggest that you were under the influence."

Translation -- if you're underage and might do something stupid, make sure you get drunk first ... so you have an excuse and can't be held completely responsible.

After the comment, Morgan immediately fired back with rational thought -- saying, "I got 3 teenage sons and when you get to 16, 17 ... your brain's developed enough to know you shouldn't be raping girls."

BTW -- Richmond's brain seems to be more developed than the one in his lawyer's head ... 'cause the kid issued an emotional apology to the family of the girl in open court, acknowledging he did something wrong.

202 COMMENTS

No Avatar
61.

Rolm    

All 16 year old boys are rapist because they have 1/2 a brain. This lawyer is a nut

522 days ago
62.

james    

To bad that poor 16 year old girl wasn't your daughter. Maybe you would have a better out look at rapist. Lawyers are the lowest pieces of **** on the planet. Sorry Harvey, But facts be known....

522 days ago
63.

Meanie    

This so called pansy poor excuse disrespects every person who didn't become a floating turd and dreg of society, like his client.

522 days ago
64.

Kate    

I'm really sick of all the people boo-hooing over these rapists' lives being ruined. Their lives are changed by the horrible thing they did. Their victim's life was changed through no fault of her own. Let's keep the sympathy where it belongs.

At 16, you know what rape is. You know right from wrong. It drives me insane that we have people arguing that you don't know rape is wrong at 16 at the same time we have people arguing that 13 year old girls are mature enough to decide whether or not to to have sex and abort or keep a baby without any parental involvement. You can't have it both ways. Either people are responsible for their actions or they aren't.

522 days ago
65.

Eli7798    

Wait, he's 16 at a party drinking and he fingered a chick. Now he's going to jail, WTF?? We use to do that just to kill time. Time's have sure changed!!

522 days ago
66.

Jennifer    

Hell yeah he should have to register! This might teach other bad kids they shouldn't do this crap. I don't feel sorry for those boys at all!!!

522 days ago
67.

Sapphiegirl    

A 16 YEAR OLD KNOWS THAT RAPE IS WRONG. A 16 YEAR OLD KNOWS RAPE IS ILLEAL. A 16 YEAR OLD KNOWS THAT RECORDING SEXUAL ACTS OF A MINOR IS WRONG. A 16 YEAR OLD KNOWS THAT CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IS ILLEGAL. DON'T GIVE ME THAT CRAP ABOUT HIS BRAIN BEING UNDERDEVELOPED! THESE 2 RAPISTS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TRIED AS ADULTS. THEY COMMITTED AN ADULT CRIME AND THEY SHOULD DO ADULT TIME. THESE 2 RAPISTS DROVE AROUND IN A CAR WITH THE VICTIM SEXUALLY ABUSING HER VAGINA WITH THEIR FINGERS. NOW THEY WANT TO CRY ABOUT THEIR BEHAVIOR? DID THEY EVER STOP TO THINK HOW THEY WOULD FEEL IF SOMEONE LIKE THEM DID THIS TO THEIR OWN SISTER, COUSIN, MOTHER, WHATEVER FEMALE RELATIVE YOU CAN THINK OF. THEY SHOULD BURN IN HELL AND THEY SHOULD HAVE TO REGISTER AS SEC OFFENDERS FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. JUST LIKE ADULTS HAVE TO DO WHEN THEY COMMIT THE SAME CRIME! BEING DRUNK DOES NOT IMPLY CONSENT. THE VICTIM CAN USE THE SAME EXCUSE AND FOR HER IT WOULD MEAN MORE THAN THESE 2 RAPISTS WHO ARE ONLY UPSET THAT THEY GOT CAUGHT!

522 days ago
68.

melly    

I have a 9 year old son and sure his brain isn't fully developed but even he knows that this is wrong...it has nothing to do with having brains...they are soul less monsters

522 days ago
69.

scoopie    

Nice that we give drivers' licenses to undeveloped minds. Next excuse.

522 days ago
70.

Amir    

THIS LAWYER IS BRAIN DEAD. PURE IMBECILE

522 days ago
71.

GoodOnPaper    

The definition of Raoe in court of law is NOT just penal penetration! Teen boys need to realize this. PARENTS hosting booze parties should also b busted for deliquency.

522 days ago
72.

Rebecca    

Well he should have thought of that before he raped someone. Now he has to live with that consequences for the rest of his life.

522 days ago
73.

Sunshine702    

This lawyer is a cheap as his suit. Shawn Holley he is NOT! Ya lost buddy!

522 days ago
74.

BABS    

growing up in my neighborhood there were the big guys 16-17 and the little guys 14-15 and the big guys jumped girls ALL THE TIME; they thought it was funny. And if they got a couple in a house the stories I heard were awful. No one ever said a word. One time the little guys helped me run from the big guys ... I never told anyone.

522 days ago
75.

PUCCI    

I think he is right. First off I feel bad for the girl but digitally raping her and then having that on your record for life..... I agree with the guilty verdict just not the life time punishment

522 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web