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Officials: Former Florida Rep. Mark Foley Won't Face Charges

Mfoley_1Bet you almost forgot about him. An investigation has been ongoing since Foley stepped down over his inappropriate online communications with underage pages, and two federal law enforcement officials told the AP they were expecting no charges:

"The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case, said the results of a state investigation would be announced Friday. They said neither state nor federal charges were expected, although an FBI investigation has not been closed yet."

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  1. Good. Just in time for the election. No charges for Congressman Foley? Really?! He should be forced to turn over his computer records and face the music. I hope Obama uses this to drive home the malfeasance of the GOP...again.

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 18, 2008 9:30:48 PM


  2. Foley... Ri-i-ight...

    Fox News' favorite Democrat...

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Sep 18, 2008 9:38:00 PM


  3. On the NBC show, "To Catch a Predator", they arrest and prosecute those who have had email contact and discussed explicit sex with minors. They are not arrested because of actual contact. In some cases, the people are arrested even if they never come into the house to meet the minor. They are prosecuted for their intent. Why doesn't this same standard apply to Foley? He approached the underage pages, made overt sexual advances, and his intent to have sex with a minor was clear. This makes a mockery of our judicial system; a politician can hide behind "legislative privilege" to evade arrest.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Sep 18, 2008 10:53:56 PM


  4. Well, congressional immunity prevents them from accessing the computer that they can be sure he used, thereby tying him to the juveniles. So, it's a question of lack of evidence. He was never entrapped in a sting, so it's not like the NBC stuff.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 19, 2008 12:11:10 AM


  5. OUR Goverment seems to be above our LAWS...Why the fuck? what makes them so special? Oh yeah their political buddies and CASH....THE PEOPLE'S MONEY...Fckrs

    Posted by: bosie | Sep 19, 2008 12:21:00 AM


  6. Oh, please. Did anyone expect a Republican to face charges for his crimes?

    Posted by: Roscoe | Sep 19, 2008 9:22:56 AM


  7. He's about as sexy as a middle-aged suit can be. I'd be his page any day.

    Posted by: Chad | Sep 19, 2008 9:58:41 AM


  8. Why would you want anyone to be prosecuted for getting randy with older teenagers? Lighten up, Puritans! Oh wait, Puritans weren't categorically opposed to sex with teenagers. Lighten up, you're worse than Puritans!

    Posted by: I Heart Ryan Reynolds | Sep 19, 2008 10:01:50 AM


  9. Everyone keeps calling these pages "underage" because they are under the age of 18. The reason he won't face charges is because 16 is the age of consent in both D.C. and Florida where the youngest page in question lives.

    Underage of 18, not underage of consent.

    In the "To Catch a Predator" series the "investigators" posed as minors under the age of 16 in most cases. By the way, the vast majority of those arrests were overturned.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Catch_a_Predator#Charges_dropped

    It would only have been a crime under federal law if Foley had tried to solicit actual sex acts across state lines.

    I have to agree with Chad, people are too uptight about the idea of sex. We need to stop criminalizing sex just for being sex and focus more on the circumstances. Now if Foley had been trying to lure these guys into a dark alley to rape them, that should be punished.

    Just texting/talking with someone who is at least partially willing... which the conversations suggest... I just don't see the problem.

    Posted by: Markankhamen | Sep 19, 2008 1:00:40 PM


  10. I just hope America doesn't think we are all creepy letches like Foley. How dilusional are you to think for one minute that a 16 yo would be into you. This reminds me of the trolls on Craigslist that want guys 20 years younger. Young studs do not like wrinkles and yellow teeth.
    The parents should still sue in civil court.

    Posted by: Tyler | Sep 19, 2008 1:46:47 PM


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