90 Miles From Tyranny : Former Disney Vice President Gets Lenient Prison Sentence for Repeated Sexual Abuse of 7 Year Old

Friday, June 21, 2019

Former Disney Vice President Gets Lenient Prison Sentence for Repeated Sexual Abuse of 7 Year Old







The criminal justice system went easy on the offender, whose lawyers say he should not be incarcerated at all.

A former executive, who was formerly in a position of power at a corporation that makes obscene profits molding young minds, has been convicted of child sexual abuse.

Michael Laney, 73, was acquitted on three counts of first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree sex abuse, but was unable to escape conviction on four counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He will serve 81 months in prison as a punishment for his sex crimes made on a seven-year-old girl.

Despite his conviction, his lawyers are still maintaining Laney’s innocence.

“The character of the evidence is just stories, and the strength of those stories is exceedingly low,” attorneys Stephen Houze and Jacob Houze wrote in a statement.

They are also appealing for sympathy for this convicted child sex abuser, citing Laney’s wife’s alleged Parkinson’s disease as reasons for even more leniency.

“Sentencing Mr. Laney to any amount of incarceration, much less an actuarial true life sentence, disproportionately impacts him more than a defendant without those personal characteristics,” Houze wrote in a statement.

Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Charles Mickley believes the claims made by Laney’s attorneys are “peculiarly offensive and insulting” to the victim.

“Defendant wholly ignores the compelling evidence of his guilt presented at trial, including the evidence of his...

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