Cody R. Wilson is a student at the University of Texas School of Law. He is the crypto-anarchist founder and director of Defense Distributed and DEFCAD, non-profit organizations that develop and publish open source gun designs suitable for 3D printing. Wilson was called “the face of printable firearms” by MAKE magazine, one of the most polarizing figures in technology by Forbes, and was named one of the 15 most dangerous people in the world by Wired.
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(Trigger warning: While this post does not discuss rapes and assaults in detail, several of the linked articles do.)
Now that the Steubenville rapists have been convicted and sentenced, we have in front of us a sterling example of the kind of coverage the media considers appropriate for a story about two young men who raped a young woman, photographed the rape, distributed the photos on social media, and took time out from the rape to text jokes to their friends about their crimes.
Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, had been charged with digitally penetrating the intoxicated girl twice on the night of August 11, 2012. Richmond and Mays were found delinquent, which is the juvenile equivalent of being found guilty. Mays was also convicted of a second felony charge of using a minor in nudity oriented materials for taking and distributing photographs of the victim in states of undress.
When the verdict was read both defendants began sobbing.
“I’m aware this is the first time they have been in trouble with the law, but these are serious offenses,” said Judge Thomas Lipps, who decided the case without a jury. “If they were convicted in an adult court of these charges they would be spending many years in an adult prison.”
CNN, Fox News and MSNBC recently aired the name of the underage victim in the Steubenville rape trial during reports about the case.
Two high school football players were found guilty of raping a 16-year old girl in a controversial case in Steubenville, Ohio. The verdict was handed down on Sunday.
All three cable news networks aired a clip of one of the defendants, Trent Mays, apologizing to the victim in the courtroom. Mays had addressed the victim by name, which was not censored during CNN and MSNBC’s broadcasts on Sunday and Fox News’ broadcast on Monday. Local CBS affiliate WTRF also aired the clip without editing the victim’s name out.
Cody Wilson, 3-D Gunmaker, Obtains Federal License To Build, Sell Guns As bizarre as it sounds, 3-D printed gun making just got a little bit more mainstream.
Cody Wilson, the man behind Defcad.org, a non-profit online library of 3-D printable gun blueprints, has obtained a Federal Firearms License, which allows him to manufacture and sell guns, according to ArsTechnica. Now, instead of just providing free access to the blue prints for weapons so consumers can print and make them at home, Wilson can sell the gun parts he’s been making himself.
Wilson’s aim to design, test and disseminate the blueprints for 3-D printed guns has proven controversial. The company that leased him a printer to make the weapons sent a team to his house to seize it in October, citing the questionable legality of Wilson’s endeavor. At the time, Wilson didn’t have a firearms manufacturing license, though he maintained his actions were legal.