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Bristol Palin's "redneck" babydaddy plays hockey, "kicks ass" . . . but was he guilty of statutory rape?

In a word, no. Levi Johnston is a self-described hockey-playing, ass-kicking redneck -- and he's also one lucky hockey-playing, ass-kicking redneck. Lucky, that is, that the age of consent in Alaska is 16. Given that reports have had the 18-year-old stud dating 17-year-old Bristol for over a year . . . well, let's just say that in some places, 16 will get you 20. To paraphrase a joke that's already been told publicly by one Democratic operative, he's also lucky that his mother-in-law-to-be, Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin, is a card-carrying member of the NRA . . . because it's gonna be a shotgun wedding. Yee haw! Too bad Levi doesn't want kids.

We weren't the only ones Googling "Alaska statutory rape." The top source -- and the only one that doesn't appear to be a link to someone else either asking a Bristol question or quoting it as an answer -- is this outline of the Alaska sexual-assault code. To paraphrase, the state of Alaska doesn't consider sex with a minor a crime unless both of the following are true: the elder person is at least 18 years of age, AND the minor is at least three years younger than the adult. Lucky for Levi, then, that this other top-referring link contains factually incorrect information: change that AND to an OR, and you'd have had a felony that would've made a nice little talking point for day two of the story. As the Huffington Post points out, Levi scored 24 goals in as many games last year, "and yet we find ourselves where we are today because of an entirely different instance where Johnston slipped one past the goalie." D'oh!

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