Sparty Football Players Plead Guilty To "Seducing an Unmarried Woman"

Submitted by Mike Damone on June 6th, 2018 at 5:48 PM

Sometimes reality truly is stranger than fiction.  Ingham County prosecutors let Corley, King and Vance plead guilty to a law from the 1800's that is still on the books.

If this law was enforced daily - think most guys in college would be prosecuted at one time or another.


Mr. Owl

June 6th, 2018 at 6:41 PM ^

My favorite two strange laws from yesteryear are both from NYC.

It is illegal to greet someone by placing your thumb to your nose and wiggling your fingers.

It is illegal to walk down the street on Sunday with an ice cream cone in your pocket.

What is fantastic is both of these were apparently enough of a problem to warrant passage of laws to prevent them.  And they worked, as neither are common today!

Ty Butterfield

June 6th, 2018 at 6:45 PM ^

Not surprised the MSU athletic department made sure this went away. Without Nassar none of these guys would have been kicked off the team. Even though these guys are off the team you can be sure MSU did not want Blackwell or some other current or former staff member to be deposed on the record or testify in open court. 


June 6th, 2018 at 7:58 PM ^

I find it perplexing that you believe the MSU Athletic Department holds some sort of imperious sway over the Prosecutor's Office. You may want to ask William of Occam if he has a spare razor he can lend you.

Back when I was a prosecutor, "weird" plea bargains like this usually meant a weak case or a complaining witness who balked at the prospect of taking it to trial. I'm not familiar with the finer details of this one, so my comments are meant in a more general sense; certainly not speculating about this case specifically.

Here's an interesting article on the psychology of conspiracy theory belief... hope you don't find it too familiar.

“Conspiracy theories are for losers,” says Joseph Uscinski, associate professor of political science at the University of Miami and co-author of the 2014 book American Conspiracy Theories. Uscinski stresses that he uses the term literally, not pejoratively. “People who have lost an election, money or influence look for something to explain that loss.”


June 7th, 2018 at 11:55 AM ^

It is a conspiracy theory and frankly it's absurd on its face. Don Izzo and Godfather Dantonio have the prosecutors on the take, huh? Do you know how fucking stupid that sounds? How stupid it is?

It's truly disheartening (in a bigger "human condition" kind of sense) to witness the lengths you'll go to mentally, to try and process the fact that these two men have had your number more often than not on the athletics field.


June 6th, 2018 at 6:51 PM ^

Among strange laws still on the book in Michigan or in cities around Michigan, this gem from Rochester:

All bathing suits must have been inspected by the head of police.

Nice work if you can get it, I guess.


June 6th, 2018 at 7:15 PM ^

I saw this a little while ago and got a pit in my stomach as a father of a a little girl and as a law enforcement officer.  I get working with the community but the clear evidence of priveledge in this case just let these young people believe that this behavior is not a problem.

Winchester Wolverine

June 6th, 2018 at 7:17 PM ^

Well this one really takes the egg! This, too, happened to me in the summer of 1843. Too whip up the happenings, I saw a real fine drapery misses from across the way and tried to court her with a few bricky glances. I told her we could be all filly and foul, as I was about five or seven by then and didnt have my whits about me! She then mistook me for a gal-sneak and I found myself in quite the collie shangles that evening. 

Glad I'm not the only one! 


June 6th, 2018 at 7:46 PM ^

Information about these players' plea deal is not new. We learned about it a few months ago. It apparently relates to an old law wherein "seduction" is not meant by its most frequent, modern use but as a position along the spectrum between rape and assault. Apparently, at least in Michigan, it is still widely used in these situations when a rape case appears warranted but its prosecution is not a slam dunk.