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How Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Avoided Prison For Breaking Statutory Rape Laws

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Due to the obsession in American culture with “Duck Dynasty”, most are aware that star Phil Robertson caused a stir last month when his family leaked their own video of him advocating marrying girls when they are 15 or 16 years old. But what many do not realize is that Phil was not simply giving advise, he apparently practiced what he preached, even in violation of state and federal law.

“They got to where they’re getting hard to find, mainly because these boys are waiting ’til they get to be about 20 years old before they marry ’em,” Robertson said in the video clip. “Look, you wait ’til they get to be 20 years old, the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16. They’ll pick your ducks.”

Robertson did advise listeners to “check with Mom and Dad about that, of course.” But according to A&E’s website, Robertson is four years older than his wife, Kay and he married her when she was just 16 years old, back in 1966. But this was not when he started dating Kay. In fact, he began dating her since she was 14 years old. She then got pregnant and Phil was apparently forced to marry her when she was 16 in order to avoid going to prison for statutory rape in Louisiana.

Most who tuned in to the controversy surrounding Phil’s comments, on the appropriate “marrying age”, focused on additional comments in the video, like “Make sure that she can cook a meal. You need to eat some meals that she cooks, check that out. Make sure she carries her Bible. That’ll save you a lot of trouble down the road.”

What they didn’t realize is that Phil violated statutory rape laws.

While the federal age of consent is 18, state-by-state the age of consent varies. But not so fast… In Louisiana the age of consent is 17, and there is a 2 year gap that nullifies these laws if the individuals are only two years apart. Phil and Kay are 4 years apart, and Kay was pregnant before ever reaching the age of consent in Louisiana. Their relationship began even before then. Translation: Phil Robertson was guilty of statutory rape, but he dodged facing time for this by marrying Kay.

After Robertson’s comments about homosexuals and African-Americans, A&E promptly suspended Phil Robertson from filming future episodes. But nine days later, the network reversed its decision. The message from A&E was clear: Money talks. Meanwhile, A&E hasn’t apparently had a problem with the fact that Phil violated statutory rape laws and advocated that others do the same.

(Article by James Achisa; image via A&E)

7 Comments on "How Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Avoided Prison For Breaking Statutory Rape Laws"

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  1. Eric S. Harris says:

    Thank God we’re not in an unnecessary war (and seem to be on the verge of another one), don’t have a president who is even worse than the one before (who was also very impeachment-worthy), a screwed-up currency which has lost 95% of its value over the last century (and shows no sign of getting better), an electorate that seems to think that the government exists to screw over other people for their benefit (whether it be subsidized poverty or subsidized corporations), persistent unemployment, or any other serious problems.

    If we had even one of those things, the alleged misdeeds of some entertainer would not be worth spending any time on.

    Oh, wait.

    Never mind. I’ve already spent too much time on it.

    As have you.

    • wiseoldsnail says:

      calling rape a ‘misdeed’ …

      • Eric S. Harris says:

        Well, if the handling of the Benghazi fiasco (and subsequent lies), the IRS “slow-tracking” of certain applications based on political considerations, murdering civilians with drones, keeping an assassination list, etc. are just “scandals” or “unfortunate consequences”, then statutory rape (not just “rape” as you said) is a “misdeed”.

        Given the irrational wording of some of the laws regarding statutory rape, it might not even rise to the level of “misdeed”, depending. I don’t recall which state it was, but consensual sex between two underage persons could result in felony charges against both of them. Two perpetrators, no victim? How does that work?

        Sounds like “statutory rape” probably would apply to this Duck guy, from what little I know of this relatively unimportant alleged incident.

  2. Angel says:

    CORRECTION: We now have an AMAZING president which the racist Right will always refuse to acknowledge! Winston Churchill could not have been a better man than Mr. Obama for this filthy job! And yet nobody except perhaps Hitler would have been right for Tea Partiers and Conservatives! They are what holds us back as a nation and I have a great mind to say MASS EXTINGUISHING THAT FIRE OF HATRED!!! But I know that too much good would be too quick an extermination of those horrible conservative Roaches! I hate them just as much as they hate the homosexuals and non-white races!!!

    • eric_harris_76 says:

      What about the non-racist Right (and the non-Right) who don’t think he’s amazing? (Or at least, not amazing in a positive way.)

      I EAGERLY await YOUR reply!!!

  3. Angel says:

    OH PUHLEEZE The entire drone thing is courtesy of Bush as is the deflation of our currency! Benghazi is a huff of puff because it’s not US who have been attacked. We need to BUTT OUT of other countries business once and for all- and finally to top it all off- the IRS thing was MADE UP by Fox News! It turns out in the end that ALL political groups were “targeted”! How to you explain THAT? Please dude at least PRETEND you are in reality! You are SO PATHETIC!

  4. Big Bob says:

    BTW Phil was benched as a senior in favor of Bradsaw and Phil quit the team. Of course he would have lost his football scholarship so there is the question of how Phil supported him, Kay and Alan during that last year.

    There is also the question of how got his “masters degree”. Phil was a poor student, getting many of his passing grades at LATech via bribing professors, all the while not attending class…as he details in his book.

    After HS Phil and Kay moved to a small town in southern Arkansas where he got a job as a PE teacher. It is there Phil claims he got his Masters while going to “night school”. Huh? Masters night school in a town of 700 people? In 1969 it would have been almost impossible to get a night school Masters which would have taken 3-4 years even IF the classes were available, at night, in a town with no college or university…while working full time and supporting a wife and 2 kids. Willie came along in 1969.

    Phil claims in his book that he had a period of laziness, drunkenness and debauchery from 1969 to 1977, eight years. Yet he also claimed he started Duck Commnader in 1972.

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