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No Jail Time, No Vote, No Pension: Inside Bob Filner’s Plea Deal

Evening Edition

Aired 10/16/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST:

Dan Eaton, attorney specializing in employment law with Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Transcript

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner faces three months of home confinement and three years probation after he admitted Monday to sexually harassing three women while in office.

The 71-year-old Filner pleaded guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment by violence and two misdemeanor counts of battery. His admissions came on the same day he was charged in a criminal complaint by the state Attorney General's Office. He's free on his own recognizance pending sentencing.

Filner will be sentenced December 9th.

The plea agreement will keep Filner out of jail, but he'll be barred from ever seeking or holding public office again and will be required to undergo mental health treatment while under court supervision.

Filner resigned under pressure at the end of August. Sheriff Bill Gore says detectives interviewed nearly 90 people since the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Filner erupted in July. The final decision to charge Filner came from Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 16, 2013 at 8:52 p.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

Apparently putting someone in a flirtatious headlock is now a serious felony.

And the prison state continues.

Not defending what Filner did, but America is so obsessed with sex and crimes surrounding sex that our laws go overboard.

The term 'sex offender' has become completely meaningless in today's society.

It can refer to a serial child rapist or someone who went skinny dipping and everything in between.

I guess American society thinks Filner is equal to a child molester or violent rapist now.

Bottom line - he needed to be out of office, which happened, and he needs mental health treatment which he is getting.

Sending him to jail, and quite frankly even probation and home detention is a COMPLETE WASTE OF TAX PAYER MONEY!!

America has more people in prison and on probation and parole than any other country on earth.

As far as I'm concerned, Filner is yet one more example of a victim of America's overzealous obsession with sex and prosecution.

It's sick - equally as sick as what Mr. Filner did to these women.

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