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Pervert Granted Right to Watch Child Porn in Jail while Awaiting Trial for Child Molestation

posted at 12:17 pm on July 14, 2011 by

Weldon Marc Gilbert, a Washington State man on trial for sexually molesting young boys and videotaping the abuse, has been granted permission to watch child pornography while in jail awaiting trial. Gilbert, who has elected to act as his own defense counsel, calls it trial preparation. The prosecutor calls it an outrage.

Ditto for Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor, who told Tacoma station KOMO-TV:

Make no mistake—I don’t like it. But it is not my choice whether to do it or not to do it. There’s no question that I don’t like it. There’s no question that this makes me grind my teeth.

Witnesses for the prosecution allege that Gilbert, 50, plied the boys with alcohol prior to performing sex acts on them that included masturbation, oral sex, and anal sex. All the while, Gilbert’s video camera was rolling, providing him with 28 hours of pornographic footage, which he is now enjoying the perverse pleasure of reliving.

Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist is aghast at the legal loophole that made this arrangement possible. Since Gilbert is functioning as his own attorney, he claims he is entitled to view the “evidence” being used against him. The Washington state Supreme Court has upheld his right.

An exasperated Lindquist told ABCNews.com:

In my 16 years as a prosecutor, this is one of the most absurd and maddening results I’ve ever heard of, and this is the first time I’m aware of this happening in Pierce County. We don’t have to turn over the guns used as evidence for a defendant … and it’s absurd that we have to turn over the child porn as evidence.

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Ya know, it would be just too bad if someone rigged his monitor with a bundle of TNT…

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

*sigh*

It’s hard for me to get too outraged about this. Remember when Ted Bundy acted as his own defense counsel, and had witnesses describe in detail his crimes in the courtroom, while he stood there grinning at the jury?

The silver lining is that they’re guaranteed to rot in prison for a good long time.

MadisonConservative on July 14, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Put him in the general prison population. Problem solved.

OhioCoastie on July 14, 2011 at 1:27 PM

The whole argument about the existence of child porn (over, say, regular porn) was that it involves injury to children to produce where other sorts involve consenting adults.

In this case, the wrong to the children has already occurred, and this behavior is unlikely to endear the defendant to the jurors who are about to determine society’s reaction to this wrong. Secondary consumers who pay money for child porn help finance the next round of production, but for producers (especially ones already in jail), the harm has already been done.

In the greater scheme of things, watching it a zillion times is nothing compared to producing it once.

cthulhu on July 14, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Well if this pervert is acting as his lawyer and viewing this cr@p he filmed, then the prosecution should demand he show that in the trial as evidence so the jury can see what he did! The judge should go along with the demand also, shouldn’t he/she? The jury should have the right to see this!
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letget on July 14, 2011 at 2:14 PM

So will drug dealers accused of possessing drugs who are defending themselves be allowed to have the drugs in their cell while preparing for court?

This is a preposterous precedent- especially since he’s not merely accused of possessing it but actually creating the tapes.

If there really is no alternative put him in a room where the tapes are being broadcast and ensure that cameras are rolling to record him doing so- then let the prosecution get those tapes too. I’m quite sure that those images would help the jury along with their verdict and sentencing.

Jay Mac on July 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM

I know that I will probably not be on this earth in another 25 years and when I read things like this it makes me less sad about leaving. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to die anytime soon, but imagine what this world will be like 25 years from now if we keep up the PC crap we allow now.

SgtRed on July 14, 2011 at 5:21 PM

On the other side. DA and Police officers salivate at the chance to use video evidence against criminal. They are quietly reviewing the hours and hours of tape, meticulously reviewing it, frame by frame. They even have numerous volunteer social workers and psychologists who want to review the tapes and give their professional opinions on the mental state of the accused. yeah, that is it, nothing else, honest.

astonerii on July 14, 2011 at 5:27 PM

As a consolation, his new cellmate BubbaJohn Jenkins should have video equipment so they can relive the more intimate moments of their new life together over and over and over.

Because he isn’t going to be around that long himself.

Brian1972 on July 14, 2011 at 6:11 PM

That guy is going to be on a strict diet of tossed salad for the next 50 years. That thought is some comfort.

Laura in Maryland on July 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

SgtRed on July 14, 2011 at 5:21 PM

I can’t for the life of me get my parents to understand why I’m not at all happy about my future. They both seem to think everything is cyclical and will magically fix itself in a few years. (of course that’s what they said a few years ago.)

WTH exactly is there to look forward to at this rate?

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 14, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Small consolation, but he is reviewing the evidence against him, for now. Once it’s presented in court a just jury (being Washington State, who knows?) will convict him and sentence him to some lenghty time. Common history is that child abusers don’t fare too well in prison.

Just rewards and all that………

Robert17 on July 15, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Deviated prevert.

J.E. Dyer on July 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM

With this guy acting as his own attorney, you can guess what the outcome of the trial will be. Hopefully the judge will be able to sentence him accordingly.

Tommy_G on July 15, 2011 at 8:16 PM

That guy is going to be on a strict diet of tossed salad for the next 50 years. That thought is some comfort.

Laura in Maryland on July 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM

With plenty of supplemental protein from fellow inmates.

realitycheck on July 16, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Kill it with fire.

Chaz706 on July 16, 2011 at 8:06 PM