Last week, Maryland prosecutors dropped rape charges against two immigrant teenagers who were accused of raping a 14-year-old classmate in a bathroom at Rockville High School. “Due to lack of corroboration and substantial inconsistencies from the facts,” Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy explained, “the original charges cannot be sustained and prosecution of those charges is untenable.”

Almost immediately, the decision to drop the rape charges spurred substantial backlash. At least from information made public by investigators, it seemed an injustice slithered through Montgomery County unscathed, leaving only an unquenched thirst for retribution in its wake.

In looking for retribution, Marylanders should be wary of knee-jerk and anger-driven responses — such as changing Maryland’s statutory rape laws.

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