A Michigan lawyer who sexually attacked a 21-year-old woman at a Young Republicans convention here said Thursday that he disgraced himself, his family and his political party.Yes, that's right: Flory raped a woman, and believe's his punishment should be disgrace.
Michael Flory, 33, of Jackson, Mich., told a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge that his humiliation and self-destruction should be punishment enough for his guilty plea to a sexual- battery charge. [Flory pled out to avoid a rape conviction -- j.f.]
Well, it is disgraceful behavior, but happily, the judge didn't think that was quite sufficient.
Corrigan sentenced Flory, the longtime head of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans, to five years in prison. That's the maximum term for the offense.Well here's a novel thought: perhaps you should have thought of your child before you raped a woman. How's that for a plan?
"I'm sickened that he is an attorney," Corrigan told the victim and a packed courtroom.
Flory's wife, Erin, sitting on the defendant's side of the courtroom, rolled her eyes, shook her head and then sobbed as Flory expressed "deep, profound remorse" for what he did and pleaded with Corrigan for probation for the sake of his 4-year-old son.
"My son needs his father," Flory said.
But Flory still seems not to get that raping a woman is a really bad thing:
During the hearing, Flory referred to himself pitiably over and over. He lamented that his "stupid choices" destroyed him politically, ended his law career and devastated his family. His status as a registered sexually oriented offender would forever bar him from his son's scholastic athletic events, he told Corrigan.But you see, when you "have sexual relations" with someone "against their will," you're a "rapist." And that's a "crime." And crimes deserve "punishment," even when white Republicans commit them.
He apologized to the victim and blamed his behavior on his "choice to drink to excess" and "have sexual relations" with her.
Of course, it was all her fault for being a slut anyhow:
The woman, a Detroit college student, said she drank herself sick at a Warehouse District bar on July 8, 2006, during the National Federation of Young Republicans' convention. Flory, who led her state's delegation, offered to take her back to her room. There, she said, he forced her into sexual "atrocities" and called her degrading names.And this will stun you:
The woman and Assistant County Prosecutor Carol Skutnik said Flory and his friends later executed a campaign of Internet postings and whispers within the state GOP, accusing the victim of loose morals and character assassination.
Skutnik also said several other women called her to report that Flory sexually assaulted or harassed them, too.Of course he did -- because Flory is the classic entitled man. Wealthy, safe, with a bright future -- of course he could cheat on his wife with impunity. Of course he could force women to submit to him. Of course when accused, he'd impugn his victim. And of course he didn't deserve jail time. After all, he's a Young GOPer, a lawyer. They don't go to prison. Prison's for the poor, and the black.
It's all a part of the same sense of being above the rest of the plebes that animated Flory's politics. And it's as surprising as the sun rising in the east.