The crime charged against Christopher Wilson, 37 was tragically all too obvious . . . as it is likely to be for the jury. Wilson is an Ohio man charged with sexual imposition and assault.
Wilson appears as depraved as advertised on his forehead where a tattoo reads “I’m a pornstar. I f*** Teen Sluts.”
Wilson was charged with an assault two years ago when he groped a victim after kicking her to the ground. According to WCPO, he was identified in a line up by the victim. Not surprisingly, his lawyer has asked for a competency hearing.
The question is how the court should handle any trial if he is found competent. The tattoo is his choice and he can put his hair over it. However, defendants are not allowed to wear hats in court. Moreover a prosecutor will likely ask for the jury to be able to inspect or see the tattoo. The court will be left with a question of whether the tattoo is too prejudicial or whether it is unavoidable as a personal choice of the defendant. We previously discussed this issue with a defendant bearing Satanic augmentation. Yet, these tattoos contain an admission to the crime at issue in the trial. In the end, a judge could legitimately conclude that this falls into the category as bad choices bringing even worse consequences.
Kudos: Professor Roger E. Schechter