Monday, October 31, 2005

McMartin Pre-Schooler: 'I Lied'

By Kyle Zirpolo, as told to Debbie Nathan - October 31, 2005 - Los Angeles Times

The thing I remember about the case was how it took over the whole city and consumed our whole family. My parents would ask questions: "Did the teachers ever do things to you?" They talked about Ray Buckey, whom I had never met. I don't even have any recollection of him attending the school when I was going there.

And yet this man (a young boy at the time) lied to investigators and made up horrendous accusations about Ray Buckey. Ray Buckey, his mother, and all the teachers at the McMartin Pre-School had their lives destroyed. Some of the accusation were so bizarre that any idiot would have realized they were false. Supposedly, things happened in clear view of the front of the Pre-School, which had unshielded glass windows on a main street of the town where it was located.

People who asked questions about how unlikely it was that such things would have been attempted right there in the front room of a building with unblocked windows, were ridiculed and smeared by the court's officials. Nothing was allowed to interfere with the railroading of these innocent people. Where was the sanity of our system? Where was the innocent until proven guilty principles that supposedly inform our system?

When stories surfaced about hidden rooms below the building, not even statements by the contractor who built the building that it was a simple concrete slab would disuade the court from the belief that somehow there were hidden vaults beneath this concrete slab that NO ONE COULD FIND.

This case and the equally bizarre cases where Attorney Generals subverted the Constitution to go after tobacco companies will be the stories of court corruption people will laugh at in coming centuries. At least I hope they laugh at them. If they don't it will be because such evil has become common place. They are as absolutely stupid as the examples of prosecuting witches from earlier times.

One question: why has no one paid a price for this court abuse? I am reminded of the best solution for court abuse:

"Only impeachment will teach the rogue judiciary that its place is below, not above, state and Federal constitutions."
~~ Joseph Sobran

Someone should have been impeached.

However no one was.


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