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September 30, 2009

A mooooooving story of sensible judging in Moooooorestown

Thanks to blog posts here and here, I learned of a local story concerning a New Jersey sex offense case that calls out for comical commentary.   This New York Daily News piece, headlined "Judge dismisses animal cruelty charges against police officer Robert Melia for sex with cows," provides the details:

A New Jersey judge has dismissed animal cruelty charges against a cop accused of committing a sex act with young cows, saying a grand jury had no way of knowing whether the animals were "tormented."

Moorestown police officer Robert Melia, who is currently suspended, allegedly engaged in oral sex acts with five calves in Southampton in 2006.   Since New Jersey currently has no law explicitly banning such an act, prosecutors in Burlington county brought animal cruelty charges against Melia, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Judge Morely said it was questionable that Melia's acts, though "disgusting," constituted animal cruelty. "I'm not saying it's OK," Morely said.  "This is a legal question for me. It's not a questions of morals. It's not a question of hygiene.  It's not a question of how people should conduct themselves."

The dismissal reportedly irked the prosecution. "I think any reasonable juror could infer that a man's penis in the mouth of a calf is torment," a Burlington County assistant prosecutor, Kevin Morgan, said. "It's a crime against nature."

The judge's dismissal does not mark the end of Melia's legal woes.  He, along with girlfriend Heather Lewis, was arrested in April 2008 for sexually assaulting three girls over a five-year-period. Authorities investigating those charges reportedly uncovered videos on his computer of a girl being "subjected to sexual activity" in addition to taped encounters between Melia and the calves.

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"The dismissal reportedly irked the prosecution. "I think any reasonable juror could infer that a man's penis in the mouth of a calf is torment," a Burlington County assistant prosecutor, Kevin Morgan, said."

Someone needs to tell this prosecutor to not have a cow. Seriously, where's the beef? To argue that a sex act with cow is more torment than killing the cow, or using an electric prod on a cow, is really to put oneself on the horns of dilemma. It steers the herd in the wrong direction. Frankly, even the thought of this act is torment to me, forget about the cow. That's my thought anyway. I'm sure we'll argue about it till the cows come home.

Posted by: Daniel | Sep 30, 2009 8:11:49 PM

Your comments are udderly bovine... er, I mean subline.

Posted by: Doug B. | Sep 30, 2009 8:20:40 PM

Holy cow, that charge was all bull. Prosecutor was way out to pasture on that one. The judge rightly took the bull by the horns and dismissed it.

And how long are you guys going to milk this story for puns?

Posted by: Res ipsa | Oct 1, 2009 11:56:48 AM

lol when else! TILL THE COWS COME HOME!

Posted by: rodsmith3510 | Oct 2, 2009 5:14:50 PM

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