"Fifteen'll getcha twenty."
This is a saying I remember hearing the entire time I lived in Texas, all throughout my teenage years and on into my early twenties. At the time I treated it like all the other XY people did: as a warning, a reminder, that on the subject of "statutory rape", the State absolutely does not in any way care about mutual consent, nor about mens rea, in determining guilt. As a male, you either accepted the responsibility to know her age, for sure, or else you knew you were taking a huge risk.
I was still an unabashed statist back then, but even given that limitation, it still seemed...wrong, that a girl could simply lie about her age, wantonly screw you to the moon over a period of months, and then just decide she didn't like you and ruin your life by running to the law, without having to worry about proving anything beyond the fact of the act and a birth date. At the time, things like that didn't happen all that much, but they did happen sometimes, and again, everybody just kinda knew all this. It didn't matter that the law was completely, flagrantly against everything the legal system is supposed to stand for; what mattered in a practical, everyday sense, was that it could and would be used enthusiastically against you. Hence the quippy phrase.
Somehow, it would strike me as amazing that Cody Wilson wouldn't have known that, too, since he's no dunce, and that particular legal absurdity hasn't exactly improved in the intervening years.
So now, as we are supposed to believe that after some years of deftly managing being an Establishment irritant, he simply abandoned all his characteristic good judgment, and handed the people who most wanted his head on a platter--people he repeatedly embarrassed--the most astonishing softball, at a most astonishingly convenient time...
...well, anyone applying the Occam's Razor principle to the topic would quickly arrive at "honey trap", as something that could easily explain all the stink surrounding this case.
I think Bear Bussjaeger has done a fine job of covering the important bits here and here, and from a "legal" standpoint I suspect he's right that Team Cretin has Wilson over a barrel with everything that seems to have happened...
...But that's only because nobody* seems interested in acknowledging that entrapment and bearing false witness are crimes too.
I read the complaint. What struck me most about it is that there is not one word of mention that the encounter was in any way against the girl's will. That trivial detail just doesn't matter, and the accusers know it. The complete omission just highlights how absurd the law is. She falsifies her age to make herself available to an online service widely understood to provide sexual opportunities for the well-heeled (hello, it's in the very name), and after an alleged encounter which satisfies precisely that description (was this her only one, or are there other johns she's going after?), in which (per the wording of the complaint) she certainly seems a willing, premeditated, un-coerced participant, now she can just unilaterally choose to go play victim and (so coincidentally) bring down the big bad printy-gunny-guy, with no consequence to herself?
Even if Wilson did have a horrendous lapse in judgment, and the facts of the complaint are exactly what they claim to be, this is not okay. Whoever would celebrate the State's "catch" here, would do well to review a bit of Solzhenitsyn: you may think you want a world without due process and equal protection, but to the extent you retain any of your humanity at all, you are gravely mistaken.
* Just to be clear: I ain't talking about Bear here. That fella seems to get it just fine.