Brendan Hostetler, a spokesman for Maag, said Maag's campaign stands by the accuracy of the advertisement and will not remove it from the airwaves.He said it's ironic that Karmeier's group has lodged a complaint because they've been running similar ads against Maag.He
pointed out that Karmeier's original sentencing included statements suggesting that probation was appropriate.
didn't know whether Maag
would file a complaint against Karmeier
."We're considering all possibilities," he
said, "but we're more focused on what we need to do and getting our message out."
said a Karmeier ad accuses Maag
of putting a pedophile back on the street after the trial court had sentenced him to jail.
In fact, Hostetler
said, that defendant got seven years in jail.The case was sent back to the trial court, he
said, because the trial judge had "trampled the Constitutional rights" of the defendant.
The court record shows that police had asked the defendant whether he
had molested the young girl.The defendant stated that he
had been in trouble for sex crimes as a youth and that he
had "done a lot of bad things in the past."
The officer testified that the defendant did not confess to the crime at bar.The trial judge did not allow the information about the prior crimes because the defendant had been a juvenile.He
did, however, allow the confession that the defendant had "done a lot of bad things" without the reference to "in the past."
The Appellate Court opined that the statement forced the defendant to discuss his
juvenile record in order to defend his
confession in the context in which it was given.