Editorial Note: False allegations of child abuse, sex molestation, and more, has become a most common activity in these times because of two primary factors.... The involvement of local, state and federal agencies in the lives of families which has provided children and others in and outside the family to release their own hostilities. Because this is a growing trend in America, it is one trend that must come to the forefront because the effect of such false, misleading and malicious allegations, charges and convictions lead to a life-long battle against false convictions and sometimes, more often than not, a lifelong requirement for local, state and federal registration as an offender of some sort and only in certain areas of offenses. Murderers usually have no life-long registration requirement. Neither do arsonists. Yet government continues to invade the lives of families, schools, even (oddly enough) churches too. Orson Wells' idea of the future as depicted in one of his now classic movies is here... The government is watching you. Even so, what about the Church herself? Has the Church been a willing accomplice in this? You decide!
|Our instincts are to
protect and defend defenseless children. It is a measure of a
civilized society. It is equally instinctive to presume
guilt. That tendency is even stronger when the accused must prove a
negative---that what he or she is accused of didn't happen---and the
accuser is a physician with a stack of degrees or, equally potent, a
child. These combinations have led to countless criminal
convictions: parents, day care providers, teachers, neighbors---even
when the charges cannot be supported by objective scientific evidence, or
when there was no physical evidence at all to support the
We're having second looks at many of these cases, acknowledging that we've convicted innocent people, destroyed families and ruined childhoods. A second look at the processes that led to these miscarriages of justice is essential, because unless we learn from our mistakes, we will continue to repeat them.
Shaken Baby SyndromeIn the UK, a review of nearly 300 cases in which parents were convicted of killing their young children has identified 28 where there was "sufficient cause for concern to warrant further consideration", the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, has told Parliament. A further 89 cases of "shaken baby syndrome" will be reconsidered in the light of a judgment from the Court of Appeal expected in 2005, Lord Goldsmith promised. Three pending prosecutions have already been abandoned "on the grounds that it was not safe to proceed". SBS: Dubious Diagnosis
The Evidence for Shaken Baby Syndrome
Dr. Patricia Moore, a former Harris County associate medical examiner accused of botching an autopsy that led to a young mother's imprisonment has come under scrutiny in several other cases in which her conclusions were later contested or revised. Moore attributed infant deaths to shaken baby syndrome at a rate considerably higher than the rate at which it happens in the general population. Biased Autopsies
Read the British Medical Journal Case Report and Editorial (pdf files - use Adobe Acrobat Reader)
The National Association of Medical Examiners (N.A.M.E.) Ad Hoc Committee on Shaken Baby Syndrome published its Position Paper on Fatal Abusive Head Injuries in Infants andYoung Children in the American Journal of Forensic Pathology and Medicine in 2001. This Position Paper is repeatedly cited and relied on to prosecute people because it states that SBS is an accepted diagnosis. The Position Paper was rejected on peer review for lack of scientific basis -- but published anyway, since two of the authors were N.A.M.E. Board members.
Click HERE to read the peer review rejection for yourself (pdf file - use Adobe Acrobat Reader). This is a publicly available document which was obtained from the Ken Marsh (see below) case file.
Ken Marsh spent 21 years in California prisons for a crime that never happened. He was convicted in 1984 of murdering 2-year-old Kenneth Buell based on testimony of treating physicians -- with no independent corroboration -- who were seeking to protect themselves from malpractice claims. His conviction was reversed without an evidentiary hearing based on insufficiency of the medical expert evidence.
Ken Marsh and his attorney, Tracy Emblem, have generously made available extensive forensic resources utilized in his case for the benefit of other innocent people facing similar charges. Visit Free Ken Marsh
Link: Mary Beth Davis
Convicted of a Murder That Never Happened
Link: Alejandro Mendez
A Misdiagnosis Leads to Capital Murder Charge
Munchhausen Syndrome by Proxy
Another theory unsupported by objective scientific evidence
Unfounded Physical Abuse Allegations
False Allegations of Sexual Abuse
John Michael Harvey
Eleven years into a 40 year sentence, John's innocence is finally being examined.
But the former Assistant DA who hid evidence and coached a child to lie is off the hook.
UPDATE: John Michael Harvey Freed
A Harris County, Texas prosecutor says faulty physical exams performed by a former nurse may have resulted in wrongful conviction of some defendants in child sex abuse cases. 170 Potential Wrongful Convictions
For James Rodriguez, the only way to freedom was to confess to sex crimes he — and one of his alleged victims — says he did not commit. Predator or Prey?
San Joaquin County, California Superior Court Judge Stephen Demetras ordered the release of 36-year-old Peter Rose after 10 years of incarceration. Convicted of sexually assaulting a 13 year-old Lodi girl in 1994, Rose was sentenced to 27 years in prison. With no history of violent crime or sexual assault, Rose has maintained his innocence from the beginning. DNA testing has proved him right. It has also shown the tragic results when police browbeat a child into accusing the person they have already decided is guilty.
Did Daddy Do It?
New Evidence Calls an "Ironclad" Conviction into Question
Defense of Child Molestation Charges
by Joel Erik Thompson, Esq.
A WGBH Forum Network Lecture - Remembering Trauma
Richard J. McNally, professor, psychology, Harvard
Belle Adler, professor, Northeastern School of Journalism
Are horrific experiences indelibly fixed in a victim's memory? Or does the mind protect itself by banishing traumatic memories from consciousness? How victims remember trauma is the most controversial issue in psychology today, spilling out of consulting rooms and laboratories to capture headlines, rupture families, provoke legislative change, and influence criminal trials and civil suits. A clinician and laboratory researcher, Richard McNally challenges the ready acceptance of a notion he says goes beyond common sense. He contends that traumatic experiences are indeed unforgettable and the evidence for repressed memories is surprisingly weak.
Re-examining the Process
In November, 2003, Pennsylvania voters voted to deny criminal defendants the right to confront their accusers in court. They probably felt there would be no cost to themselves. But if we let witnesses avoid accountability in criminal proceedings, we all will pay a high price, eventually. No Accountability
Identifying False Allegations
Truth in Justice
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They are just as bad, as the modern day Ecumenists of the National Council of Churches, World Council of Churches, the World Council of Bishops and more.
Remember, anything that is a HALF TRUTH is not truth but a lie! Many there are that you may know who fit those descriptions... pray for them. Pray that God will send his Spirit of Truth upon them and lead them to Salvation through tears of Repentance, conversion of their cold and calculating hearts toward seeking forgiveness from God and those whom they attempt to harm.
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If you are of another jurisdiction, you too could find that your parishioners, clergy and faithful might become subject to the same as we have recently found.
Let this be a warning to visitors so as to be safeguarded against unscrupulous e-mails which contain viruses, worms and unsavory material from person(s) organizations or institutions that are more self-serving than uplifting and informatively news worthy.
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We have learned that the organization we subscribe to, whose members come from various legal and law enforcement backgrounds amongst other areas of society, are committed to the faith even though they may hold different theologies. Yet, in their monitoring of electronic communications of various persons or people, they do not always make haste to bring perpetrators to justice until after enough evidence has been gained in order to build a solid case. We do not always know what information they have gained, but we do know the organization, whom we've been asked not to name, has had a 97% success rate in bringing to justice and obtaining a conviction against individuals, people, and sometimes even religious organizations of a persona that gives the appearance of both secular and religious bearing but who abuse and misuse technology. The organization views those who abuse and misuse the internet and other technologies as nothing more than a form of "domestic terrorism" - - - - and, it would seem to appear that the courts are in agreement!
Those kinds of people, organizations, etc. who misuse and abuse communication technologies are no different than those who attempt to use coercive measures, and in some instance, even blackmail for the same idea is involved... to cause havoc and wreckage, to destroy the spirit and activity of those who struggle in the faith out of pain of heart for the Orthodox Church which is TRUTH. The degree that some have been known to go to, as seen by other jurisdictions, is to take advantage of questionably mentally challenged or those who have a lack of education and understanding to get them to make statements, even outright lies, in writing, in order to destroy.
Yes, our Metropolitan Archbishop, +Joseph Thaddeus, SSJt., Ph.D. strongly defends the Seals of the Confessional for such leads to true Repentance in thought, word and deed whereby the penitent is required to make amends, where possible, to seek forgiveness of those harmed by his actions whether real or imagined, and to give his forgiveness to those who have harmed him before taking the Holy Body and Blood in the Eucharist. The reality of this understanding is bound up in and with the findings for which cause he, himself, had been character assassinated by his detractors who claim the courts prevented him from breaking the Seals of the Confessional which is not the truth at all.... Click here to see what another bishop's findings are...
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