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Friday, June 6, 2008

Any Sex Toy You Own May Be Used Against You in a Court of Law

posted by on June 6 at 12:39 PM

Mark Patrick O’Donnell is on trial in Pennsylvania for the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s 14 year-old daughter. In attempt to undermine the credibility of the girl’s mother, Danielle Cattie, O’Donnell’s defense team entered the woman’s sex toys—dildos, vibrators, anal beads—into evidence yesterday.

Judge William J. Furber, who is presiding over the nonjury trial, nodded stoically as the detective displayed a vibrator, purple anal beads, a bottle of “pleasure-enhancing lubricant,” a videotape titled “Big Bad Biker Bitches” and a mysterious sex device with wires coming out of it.

O’Donnell and Cattie had been smoking crack together on the night of the murder. The dead girl—amazingly enough—was an honor student.

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If only they'd gotten married! Then the murdered girl would have had a mother and a father.

Posted by mattymatt | June 6, 2008 12:56 PM

This is the sort of headline that always makes me worry I'm going to get canned at work but I end up reading it anyway because its about super fun 'personal' toys.

Posted by sort ofNSFW | June 6, 2008 12:58 PM

Is Philadelphia a hellhole or what? First that serial date rapist now this?

Posted by keshmeshi | June 6, 2008 1:01 PM

Well, duh. Any good, God-fearing Christian will tell you that non-procreative sex out of wedlock is PURE EVIL!

Posted by COMTE | June 6, 2008 1:20 PM

How weird is it that I've totally seen Big Bad Biker Bitches?

Posted by jackie treehorn | June 6, 2008 1:22 PM

man, i'm glad i didn't have a question on the relevance asking me to explain the relevance of a witness watching "Big Bad Biker Bitches" on the bar exam. cuz i'm stumped on this one.

Posted by jon c | June 6, 2008 1:30 PM

You'd think the crack pipe would be enough to undermine her credibility.

Posted by Mahtli69 | June 6, 2008 1:41 PM

Anal beads? OMG! Do they have lethal injection in Pennsylvanus?

Posted by Vince | June 6, 2008 1:48 PM

I just put "Big Bad Biker Bitches" at the top of my Netflix cue!

Posted by Sad Comment | June 6, 2008 2:11 PM

I don't know why it's amazing that the daughter was an honor student. Just because her mom is a dumb ass, crack smoking 'ho doesn't mean that the daughter can't be intelligent and hard-working.

That's about as dumb as saying it's amazing that The Kid is straight despite having Dan Savage as a father.

Kinda lame, dude.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 6, 2008 2:16 PM

Yes, but as we've established, a gay household does not negatively impact a child's upbringing. However, a crack-smoking mother -- at least a habitual one -- would definitely be a burden on a child. It's not terribly amazing that the child was an honor student, but surely you can grant that she was working against the odds?

Posted by Chris in Tampa | June 6, 2008 3:07 PM

Millions of shitty, shitty parents who do stupid things and neglect and abuse their children end up producing intelligent, compassionate offspring. And millions of great parents who love and nurture their children and provide them with plenty of opportunities end up with nasty, selfish dumb offspring.

It's a crap shoot.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 6, 2008 3:31 PM


I don't know about that. Both things can happen, but the majority of the time crappy parents produce fucked-up children and good parents produce decent children.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 6, 2008 3:49 PM

Unsubstantiated bullshit. Do you really mean to imply that parents have no effect whatsoever on their child's development?

Posted by Chris in Tampa | June 6, 2008 3:51 PM

Of course,it's irrelevant, but in a bench trial judges tend to let this kind of stuff in so that no appeals court will over-scrutinize after a conviction. It's likely that, in a jury trial, the judge would have said no.

Posted by Algernon | June 6, 2008 4:06 PM

Can't the defense subpoena the sex toys of the prosecution?

Posted by Greg | June 6, 2008 4:39 PM

These laws have always been pretty stupid. Everyone and anyone should be able to have sex toys! its better then people going out and having sex with hookers!

Posted by Sex Toys | June 7, 2008 4:37 PM

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