Michael Flory

Claims to fame: Lawyer; former head of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans; accused kidnapper and rapist; convicted sex offender

Moral apex: After partying hard with fellow members of Michigan’s delegation to the national Young Republicans convention, 32-year-old Flory “escorted” one drunken 21-year-old female delegate back to her hotel room, where she passed out, and Flory, according to Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor Carol Skutnik, “violently forced several sex acts upon her.”

The charges: Rape and kidnapping.

The verdict: The state accepted his plea bargain of sexual battery, dropping the rape and kidnapping charges. (Still, Skutnik said the plea bargain didn’t “include any suggestion of leniency, and the state [would] seek incarceration.)

The sentence: Five years, the maximum allowed.

The stomach-turning plea for leniency:

“My son needs his father.”

Michigan GOP activist gets 5 years for sex assault
Cleveland Plain Dealer
September 14, 2007

What’s worse:

Flory and his followers within the Republican organization had been smearing [the victim's] reputation in retaliation for accusing Flory of rape.

Michigan Young Republican pleads guilty in sex case
Cleveland Plain Dealer
July 24, 2007

Memorable quotes:

“Sure — yeah.”

— Flory, in response to Judge Corrigan’s question:
“Are you indeed guilty?”

“I’m sickened that he is an attorney.”

— Judge Corrigan, at Flory’s sentencing

The burning question: What the hell is wrong with all these “Young Republicans,” anyway? (The burning answer: Simple — they’re just following the lead of their elders.)

Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Flory:

And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

— Luke 11:46

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