US Experts: Bush groping allegations would be hard to prosecute

05:15  15 november  2017
05:15  15 november  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Bush 41 apologizes for groping of 16-year-old girl

  Bush 41 apologizes for groping of 16-year-old girl George H. W. Bush apologized Monday after another woman said the former president groped her during a 2003 photo op when she was 16 years old. George H. W. Bush apologized Monday after another woman said the former president groped her during a 2003 photo op when she was 16 years old.

HOUSTON (AP) — Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted . All but one of the cases is ineligible under state laws that limit when a prosecution can begin after an

HOUSTON (AP) — Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted . All but one of the cases is ineligible under state laws that limit when a prosecution can begin after an

FILE - In a Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 file photo, former President George H. W. Bush leaves a news conference at the Houston hospital where his wife Barbara has spent a week after surgery for a perforated ulcer. Another woman has stepped forward to accuse former President George H.W. Bush of inappropriately touching her. Roslyn Corrigan told Time magazine that she was 16 when Bush grabbed her buttocks as she posed for a photo with him in 2003 at a gathering of CIA officers north of Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In a Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 file photo, former President George H. W. Bush leaves a news conference at the Houston hospital where his wife Barbara has spent a week after surgery for a perforated ulcer. Another woman has stepped forward to accuse former President George H.W. Bush of inappropriately touching her. Roslyn Corrigan told Time magazine that she was 16 when Bush grabbed her buttocks as she posed for a photo with him in 2003 at a gathering of CIA officers north of Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

HOUSTON — Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted.

Doctor admits to groping 16-year-old girl on plane

  Doctor admits to groping 16-year-old girl on plane A doctor has admitted groping a 16-year-old girl on a flight from Seattle to New Jersey earlier this year. Vijaykumar Krishnappa appeared before a federal magistrate in Newark on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Indian national will be sentenced to between 30 and 90 days in prison in January.Prosecutors say Krishnappa intentionally touched the girl near her groin as she slept on the United Airlines flight in July.Krishnappa "put his hand on her groin and inner thigh, and began rubbing the victim through her clothing," according to the complaint. The teen woke up as he tried to put his hand down her pants.

Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted . But legal experts say it would be difficult to win a conviction against Bush .

HOUSTON (AP) - Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted . All but one of the cases is ineligible under state laws that limit when a prosecution can begin after an

All but one of the cases is ineligible under state laws that limit when a prosecution can begin after an alleged crime, and several lawyers interviewed said that it would be difficult to win a conviction against Bush, who has vascular parkinsonism, a rare syndrome that mimics Parkinson's disease.

"You're still going to be facing prosecuting a 93-year-old man in a wheelchair that's a former president," said Toby Shook, a lawyer who previously served as a prosecutor in Dallas. "I doubt if you could ever find a jury that would ever want to convict him."

There's no indication prosecutors are planning to pursue a case against Bush. Jordana Grolnick, an actress who alleged that Bush groped her behind last year as his wife, Barbara, stood nearby, told The Associated Press that she has no plans to report the 41st president to authorities. That appears to be the only incident that hasn't reached the local statute of limitations on how long a crime can be prosecuted after it occurs.

First on CNN: New George H.W. Bush accuser says he groped her during 1992 re-election campaign

  First on CNN: New George H.W. Bush accuser says he groped her during 1992 re-election campaign Former President George H.W. Bush is facing new allegations from a Michigan woman who said he touched her inappropriately while he was in office at an event in April 1992. The woman, now 55, spoke exclusively with CNN and said she was attending a fundraiser for Bush's re-election campaign in Dearborn, Michigan, with her father when the president grabbed her rear end during a photo-op."We got closer together for a family photo and it was like 'Holy crap!'" she said, describing the moment Bush touched her buttocks. "It was like a gentle squeeze."In the moment, the woman said, she just smiled for the camera.

Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted . Jordana Grolnick, an actress who alleged that Bush groped her behind last year as his wife, Barbara, stood nearby, told

HOUSTON (AP) - Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted . All but one of the cases is ineligible under state laws that limit when a prosecution can begin after an

The six incidents occurred in three states over a decade. In all of the cases, the women say Bush touched their buttocks as they stood next to him to take photos. All three states have laws against touching someone without their consent.

The women's stories broadly follow the same outline: Bush patted them below the waist as they stood next to him to take photos, sometimes with a joke about his favorite magician or writer being named "David Cop-a-Feel."

Bush has issued repeated apologies through a spokesman "to anyone he has offended." The spokesman, Jim McGrath, said in a statement last month that Bush has used a wheelchair for roughly five years, and that "his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures." In a statement Monday, McGrath said, "George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone distress, and he again apologizes to anyone he offended during a photo op."

Woman Says George H.W. Bush Groped Her When She Was 16: 'I Was a Child'

  Woman Says George H.W. Bush Groped Her When She Was 16: 'I Was a Child' Roslyn Corrigan was sixteen years old when she got a chance to meet George H.W. Bush, excited to be introduced to a former president having grown up dreaming of going into politics. But Corrigan was crushed by her encounter: Bush, then 79 years old, groped her buttocks at a November 2003 event in The Woodlands, Texas, office of the Central Intelligence Agency where Corrigan’s father gathered with fellow intelligence officers and family members to meet Bush, Corrigan said. Corrigan is the sixth woman since Oct. 24 to accuse Bush publicly of grabbing her buttocks without consent.“My initial action was absolute horror.

Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted . Jordana Grolnick, an actress who alleged that Bush groped her behind last year as his wife, Barbara, stood nearby, told

Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted . Jordana Grolnick, an actress who alleged that Bush groped her behind last year as his wife, Barbara, stood nearby, told

McGrath did not respond to a request for additional comment Tuesday.

Actress Heather Lind was the first to accuse Bush of groping her, saying in an Oct. 24 Instagram post that Bush "touched me from behind" and told "a dirty joke" while they posed for a photo at a Houston screening of the AMC television series "Turn."

Five more women have come forward since then, including Roslyn Corrigan, who told Time magazine Monday that Bush groped her as they took a photo in 2003, when Corrigan was 16, during an event in The Woodlands, a Houston suburb.

The AP generally does not identify victims of sexual assault without their consent, but is using the names of women who have spoken publicly on social media or in news reports.

Three of the incidents are reported to have occurred in Texas. Shook said that under Texas law, touching someone's buttocks over the person's clothing would most likely be grounds for a misdemeanor assault charge, with only a $500 fine and no jail time.

In Maine, where Bush is accused of grabbing two women, those allegations could give rise to a charge of assault or unlawful sexual touching, punishable by up to a year in jail, said Walt McKee, a defense attorney in Augusta, Maine.

Woman accuses Al Franken of kissing, groping her without consent

  Woman accuses Al Franken of kissing, groping her without consent A TV host and sports broadcaster on Thursday accused Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006. Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of groping her, without her consent, while she was asleep and provided a photo as evidence.KABC anchor: Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There's Nothing Funny About It https://t.co/lG4A1ZTUhCpic.twitter.com/EYIzr9ok2s- Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) November 16, 2017The incident happened in December 2006, she said, when she and Franken, then a comedian, were on a USO Tour to "entertain our troops.

Original Destiny’s Child Member Posts a 20 Year Throwback! Experts : Bush groping allegations would be hard to prosecute . A key question in any prosecution , the lawyers said, would be whether the suspect touched the victim for sexual gratification or by accident.

HOUSTON — Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted . All but one of the cases is ineligible under state laws that limit when a prosecution can begin after

And in Pennsylvania, where a retired newspaper journalist has accused Bush of touching her during an event in Erie, the state's law against indecent assault could apply, said Richard Settgast, an adjunct law professor at Penn State University.

A key question in any prosecution, the lawyers said, would be whether the suspect touched the victim for sexual gratification or by accident. While age and physical disability would factor into any determination, Settgast said, "I don't necessarily think that just because someone's infirm, they wouldn't be able to be held accountable."

Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, is a beloved figure in both Texas and Maine, the two states where he lives. Two days after the first woman accused Bush of misconduct, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted that Bush was "a statesman and role model to me." Days later, Bush joined his son, former President George W. Bush, on the field before Game 5 of baseball's World Series to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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Stephen Colbert presses Ben Affleck on Harvey Weinstein, his own groping claim .
Ben Affleck came on The Late Show Thursday night to plug Justice League but found himself in the hot seat. What began with light banter about the actor’s role as Batman in the new film and the forthcoming 20th anniversary of Good Will Hunting soon turned to the environment of sexual harassment in Hollywood, as host Stephen Colbert grilled Affleck on Harvey Weinstein and the actor’s own alleged sexual misconduct. “This is a comedy show, correct?” Affleck laughed as Colbert brought up Weinstein, now a pariah of the industry after decades of sexual harassment and assault claims came to light.

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