Ma’Lik Richmond and Trent Mays have been found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl and now, as part of their sentence, they have to register as offenders, a measure that Walter Madison, Ma’Lik’s attorney, believes is unfair.
Madison was on Piers Morgan’s show on CNN, together with Gloria Allred and Traci Lords (who was raped when she was a teen as well), and he tried to argue that the boys should not have to be held accountable for what they did at 16 for the rest of their lives.
“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,” the attorney said, as the video below will confirm.
Both Morgan and Lords tried to tell him that, at 16, you’re nearly an adult and, as such, you should know that actions have consequences and, more importantly, that rape is wrong.
Morgan presented him with a very solid argument: he has 3 teen boys at home and all know they’re not supposed to go out getting drunk and abusing girls.