Sexual abuse lies keep man in prison; courts refuse to hold new trial

"Our system is totally and royally screwed up," says Sacha Bruce, now 26 years old — and still fighting to get her stepfather out of prison. "I don't know if they believed me or not or if they were just covering their own butts. I wanted this fixed. I thought I would be leaving the courthouse in handcuffs, and they would let him go."

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The son of an Air Force officer, Charles Farrar kicked around several states, from North Dakota to Texas to Illinois, before arriving in Colorado in the early 1990s. He was in his late twenties, hardworking and ambitious. He also had two young sons with him from his second failed marriage.

One night he began chatting on a phone dating line with another single parent, a woman named Debbie. She lived in Westminster. He lived in Aurora. They decided to meet at a truck stop in Commerce City, kids and all.

Debbie turned out to be a petite, outgoing woman with two daughters and a son: Sacha, Brittani and Dustin. She had a history of getting mixed up with violent men and had recently fled a relationship in New Mexico after she discovered that her boyfriend had been neglecting and abusing her children while she was at work — even tying them up and sticking them in a closet.

Farrar, too, had a tumultuous background; his second marriage, to a stripper, had not ended well. But he figured he'd learned from his mistakes. He had a good job at a Safeway bread plant and was working his way up to a foreman position. The couple hit it off immediately. The kids, all under the age of ten, seemed to get along, too. When the date was over, Sacha and Dustin tried to sneak Charles's boys, Eric and Charlie, into their station wagon so they could keep playing.

After a few months of driving between each others' apartments, Farrar proposed that they move in together — a matter of economy and convenience as much as passion. "At first she shot me down," he recalls. "Then about three weeks later, she changed her mind."

Debbie — who has since started a new life in another city and doesn't want her last name published — doesn't recall any doubts. "He was a very nice guy," she says. "He treated me good, and he treated the kids good. We did things as a family, and that's what I wanted."

In 1995 the couple and their extended brood moved into a house in Aurora with a large back yard. They started with a pile of bills, but Farrar was determined to turn that around. He worked long hours at the plant, then picked up work on the side cleaning houses; eventually he got into renovating and flipping them, generating a six-figure bank account in the process. He built a swimming pool and a clubhouse for the kids.

Debbie remembers those years as very busy but happy times. "For the most part, the kids all got along," she says. "There were times when Charles and I had conflicts, when I felt he favored Charlie and Eric over my kids, and vice versa. But we tried to treat them all the same, and to this day they're brothers and sisters."

Because Debbie also worked, processing Medicaid forms for Adams County Social Services, Farrar decided to move his elderly parents into the home, too, so they could help supervise the children. In 1998, a new baby, Austin, joined the clan, bringing the population of the house up to ten.

"Yes, there were six kids," recalls Eric Farrar, now twenty. "But our Christmas trees were covered in presents. It was a wonderful life."

Yet not so wonderful, perhaps, for Sacha, the oldest of the children. She was a bright, creative girl, but also one who demanded and expected other people's attention. The expanding household made that increasingly difficult.

Sacha, her siblings say, had always been...different. She'd struggled with dyslexia at first, but when she finally learned to read, she took to it with a vengeance, devouring fat tomes like Gone With the Wind in a single marathon session. She would then start acting like a character in the book and persist in it for days, or claim that some adventure she'd read about had happened to her.

"Sacha had an issue with being honest and factual," Debbie says. "When she graduated from kindergarten, they gave them certificates for different things. Hers was for storytelling."

As she grew older, Sacha seemed to live increasingly in her own head. She binged on Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, Phyllis Whitney. She had few friends at school, usually younger kids that she traded Pokémon cards with in the lunchroom. But she could spin a yarn like nobody you ever met. Cathy Timmons, Debbie's sister, was astonished by how quickly her niece could improvise an elaborate and detailed story. Timmons watched the adolescent Sacha explain to one acquaintance that she was a certified air-conditioning technician, to another that she was a trained chef.

"At first I just thought she had an active imagination," Timmons says. "But when she got older, the stories she would tell — she would say it like she believed it. You'd call her on it, because you were there and you knew it didn't happen, and she'd still argue with you."

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pray4you
pray4you

O and all you stupid people saying that its wrong that they deem him "innocent." They should have just taken her away with the lack of proof. You don't know the effed up shiz that the other kids had to go through. Have you ever had to walk too and from school every day with nothing but a 10$ Walmart hoodie on in Colorado snow? CCASA! F*** You guys. You don't care about always doing the right thing, you only care if it directly benifits you

pray4you
pray4you

Just so everyone knows. Eric and Charlie have always been the nicest people I know. Their dad is to thank for this. Even with his limited contact.

Marshapage1
Marshapage1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Oh my gosh my husand is not alone. He was accused by his wife for sexually abusing his children. They were to young to dispute it. No evidence here either. He was interrogated for 38 hours straight and his wife kept saying to say he was guilty so that he could come home to children. Finally he did. When he finally got rested he said that he wanted to recant. They would not let him. His step son claimed he raped him. His real father had been blamed by my husband's ex and was put in prison too. The son has mental issues and will say anything his mother says too. Well my husband got 10 years got out on parole but asconded when he was put in sex abuse classes and told to admit he did it. He wouldn't. He has gone 25 years without another thing on his record. Now arrested for parole violation and sits dying in a county jail. He has a serious medical condition and the jail cannot afford to get his medicene. No common sense with PO or court. He has raised grand children who love him and have told he never touched them. His wife got cancer and on her death bed she told his PO, his mother, his grandmother and us that he never touched his kids. The PO said she was under deress and would not accept her recanting. She was Catholic and this was her death bed confession. He has had no contact with his kids in all these years. They do not remember anything but go by what her family tells them. I was told I could get his sentence over turned for 20000 dollars. We do not have that kind of money. I am afraid they are going to put him back in prison if he does not die in jail. Without money no one will help you.

AlanPrendergast
AlanPrendergast

Members of the Charles Farrar family have set up a Facebook page with updates about his case, for those who wish to express their support for his efforts to appeal his case and his sentence. Here's the site:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/...

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Patricia Calhoun
Patricia Calhoun

This is the full letter from the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (a shorter version was published in the August 4 edition of Westword):

Alan Prendergast’s article, “Beyond Belief” left readers with the impression that children should not be taken seriously when disclosing child sexual abuse. Due to the potential ramifications of this damaging message, it is disappointing that the Westword chose to print such an inaccurate and potentially harmful article. Research shows that there are more than 42 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S. Child sexual abuse has devastating effects on victims. Children who are sexually abused are at significantly greater risk for later posttraumatic stress, depression and suicide attempts. Adolescents who were sexually abused have increased risks of delinquency and rates of substance abuse/dependence.

Because of the devastating nature of this crime, it is imperative that all disclosures are taken extremely seriously and that the harmful effects of child sexual abuse are not understated. The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) cannot comment on this particular case, however, it is important to accurately represent the rate of false reporting and the reasons a victim may recant in a case of sexual assault. Inaccurate data given in this article inflates the rate of false reporting when, in fact, the rates are much lower and parallel false reporting rates for other crimes (2-10%). Misrepresenting this data further perpetuates the public’s misperceptions about sexual assault victims and leads to the silencing of scores of women, children, and men in our society. Rape is the most under-reported crime in our country for these and many other reasons. Those who do report may choose to recant later because of this societal stigma, because of fear of retribution from the perpetrator, or to avoid further traumatization as a result of skepticism from service providers, friends, and family. Because most cases of sexual assault are committed by someone known to the victim, concern for the offender may also be a factor.

The Westword article unabashedly declares Charles Farrar to be “an innocent man.” The article brushes aside the fact that three young women disclosed that he had perpetrated sexual abuse against them. While no one other than Mr. Farrar and his stepdaughter knows the full truth, we do know about the repetitive nature of sexual offending and the propensity for adult sex offenders to reoffend. The article stated that “what truly sets his case apart is the degree to which family members continue to support him, insisting that he couldn’t possibly have done such a thing.” This does not prove innocence or set Farrar’s case apart at all; it is actually quite common for family members to support sex offenders by denying or minimizing the abuse. It is oftentimes “easier” for loved ones to deny incest and sexual abuse rather than acknowledge the deep-rooted pain and conflict caused by a family member.

While the Farrar case appears to be the intended focus of this article, we feel that the broad generalizations and inaccuracies made about child sexual abuse could have detrimental impacts on readers, survivors of sexual abuse, and the broader culture that is exposed to this damaging information. Unfortunately, providing misinformation like this only serves to further silence survivors of sexual abuse and support offenders committing these abhorrent crimes. CCASA urges the Westword and its readers to become informed about the realities of childhood sexual abuse and to recognize, respond, and refer appropriately when you suspect this crime. For more information, please contact CCASA at info@ccasa.org or contact your local Children’s Advocacy Center.

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)Denver, CO, 303-839-9999, director@ccasa.org

(sources cited: Kilpatrick, et al., 2003; Tebbutt, et. al., 1997; Wozencraft, et. al., 1991; Dube et al., 2005; Waldrop et al., 2007, Acierno et al., 2000; Felitti et al., 1998; Springs & Friedrich, 1992; Walker et al., 1999., Lisak, et. al., 2010.)

Mebcaux
Mebcaux

I stated previously that I am not convinced by his accuser's recantation that Farrar is innocent. I suspect his accuser recanted to protect not Farrar, but her mother.

The question, however, is whether, had the jury that convicted Farrar heard her recantation, they would still have convicted him.

Probably not, though the trial judge's prejudicial admission of stale, weak, and unproven, insufficiently probative "evidence" of prior bad acts to expedite Farrar's his conviction might still have caused them to convict.

The prosecution would have had the right to argue that her original allegations were more credible than her recantation, but the likelihood of conviction would have been reduced considerably.

Indeed, in the face of the recantation, a good trial judge might well have been required to direct the jury to acquit, given the absence of other strong evidence the abuse occurred. This judge, however, would probably have still given the case to the jury, knowing that the exercise of his discretion to do so would be subject to a very light, permissive standard of review.

You offer excellent arguments for taking allegations of abuse seriously, and prosecuting child abuse vigorously, but none for denying a criminal defendant due process of law by refusing him a new trial when his principal accuser recants.

Sexual abuse is indeed a horrible thing.

Yet, allowing the all-powerful State to send a man to prison for the rest of his life despite strong (though hardly irrefutable) evidence of his innocence, or at least that he is not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, is also a horrible thing.

Alan Prendergast did not make a case for Farrar's innocence.

Alan did, however, make an excellent case for granting the man a new trial. Justice Bender was right.

Alan also made an excellent case for thinking much more clearly about the virtually unlimited discretion we allow prosecutors and judges to avoid admitting that they often make serious mistakes that have horrible consequences.

When judges, prosecutors and police deliberately, or inadvertently, subvert the law and justice out of mistake, stupidity, ambition, or pride (and they, as the Tim Masters case, and others less well known prove, often do) they commit a crime at least as serious as those for which they routinely send men and women to prison.

Yet, because they are unconstitutionally immunized from accountability for their mis- or malfeasance, the almost never face punishment.

At best, they are forced to admit their mistake long after the fact, and then only if some incredibly dedicated attorney has, for little or no compensation, worked tirelessly, against the resistance of a much more powerful bureaucracy, to expose the bureaucracy's mistake.

As this case demonstrates, even such Herculean work hardly guarantees a favorable outcome.

Most who occupy the judiciary prefer to avoid admitting that the system of which they are a part often makes serious mistakes. They operate on the assumption that covering up their mistakes increases "respect for the law", and normally work hard to preserve the illusion (delusion, really) that our system of justice is infallible.

Police and prosecutors who wrongly convict and innocent man or woman might be forced to abuse their ready access to the taxpayer's money to pay some damages to the wrongfully convicted.

They themselves pay nothing, and, more often than not, have long since skated on to a more powerful position, such as a judgeship, as a reward for their excellent work in maximizing the number of convictions they obtained through whatever means necessary.

That so many with whom we vest so much power over our lives are often motivated not by a passion for justice, but by base materialism, careerism, and craving for the approval of authority, should be of as much concern to the public as child abuse.

Indeed, in many instances, those who are NOT motivated by base materialism, careerism, and craving for the approval of authority need not apply for such jobs.

suetiggers
suetiggers like.author.displayName 1 Like

Today I got the terrible news that Scott Molen's wife, Connie, a courageous fighter for justice and a wonderful human being (who I've never met but gotten to know from learning about Scott and the tragedy that happened to him) died while she was visiting Scott yesterday in the Ohio prison where he is for a crime he NEVER committed. . type in the link: A Crime of Cowardice: The Unjust Imprisonment of Scott Molen Too few people realize how easy it has been for someone vindictive to falsely accuse someone of this kind of heinous crime. If anyone reads about Scotts' case, they'll KNOW he's innocent. My mentally ill son, Kenneth was falsely accused years ago. The girl grew up, recanted to an ex homicide commander/voice-testing head, MIke McQuillan. http://www.citypaper.com/news/...12-5-07 Sex, Lies, and Legal Red Tape Many people just don't know that THIS is the easiest crime to lie about and nothing happens to those who do lie, so if there's a terrible divorce case, or as in the case of Scott Molen a messed up adult child who doesn't like her stepfather and resents her mother marrying him (but uses them to babysit) under the influence of drugs,etc. she may manipulate her own child to lie...and this is the kind of terrible thing that can and does happen. Then, you have a prosecutor who, like a runaway train, cares more about his rep than the truth, and a media that cares more about selling papers,etc. than the truth....believe me, it happens a lot more than most people know. But, who cares? Not many. Not enough. What's that saying about a lie travels around the earth faster than the truth getting out the door? In these kind of cases, it is, unfortunately, too too true.

ttdd5050
ttdd5050

@suetiggers 

I am sorry for this.. I was lied about and spent time in prison. Kelli Roark lied and Cassey Hulbert Sheriff helped her lie on record...but I get the punishment..I was threatened , and abused by the legal authorities and no one helps..We have a real deliema on our hands here in America... I do feel sorry for those that are truely abused .. but when the law finds out your innocent and still covers up the evidence and you cannot do anything about it...WHO IS THE REAL VICTIM HERE? I lost everything.. I truely wish everyong the best..Troy D.

Jack McInroy
Jack McInroy

I have personal knowledge of Mr. Farrar and his family and testified regarding his innocence at one of his trials. When he was convicted and sentenced to 144 years I couldn’t believe it. I knew of Shacha’s difficulty telling the truth before the trial but I thought the attorneys and judges surely would see through the lies; but I was wrong. When I heard the sentence of 144 years I didn’t and still don’t believe it. What was Judge Leapold thinking? I know Mr. Farrar begged the Aurora Police for DNA testing but they refused so his conviction of sexual abuse was based only the testimony of Shacha; not DNA, there were no witnesses, no polygraph (of Shacha); only her word we now know to be false. Later she recanted her story and said it never happened! But who listened to her the second time? Not Judge Leapold! How do you believe Shacha’s testimony the first time telling when she recants reverse their opinion and call her a liar? How would this makes sense to the prosecutors? Does this make sense to anybody? It doesn’t to me.Judge Valeria Spencer now holds Mr. Farrar’s future, if he has one, in her hands. Who is she to believe? If she doesn’t believe the 90+% of the comments from its (100+) readers at Westword who almost unanimously agree that Farrar should be set free or at least have another trial, what about listening to the Chief Justice Michael Bender’s comment, “The victim’s suspected initial testimony, when coupled with the lack of corroborative evidence in this case, demonstrates that this key witness’ recantation would probably bring about an acquittal, Thus, justice requires a new trial.”Are you listening Judge Valeria Spencer? The Chief Justice and over 90% of the over 160+ comments to the readers of this article are in complete agreement, Mr. Farrar did not get a fair trial. Judge Spencer, either release this man now or order a new trial ASAP. What do you have to lose other than the guilt of keeping an innocent man in prison? Isn’t 11 years enough for the innocent man to be in prison so the prosecutors could have their pound of flesh? Is this how the Justice System works in the United States? I would expect this narrow minded “eye for an eye” mentality to come from some Middle East County living in the 1900s but not the U.S and surely not in the enlightened State of Colorado. Judge Spencer; show us you are not a part of this backward, hysterical thinking and do the right thing Now.

Jack McInroy
Jack McInroy

Can anybody do a survey of public opinion on this case that may be presented to the Judge? It needs to be done immediately. I started one but its technology is over my head.

rasbey
rasbey

The line that starts "So when a recent shakedown.." that sentence is all a childmolester needs to read to set him off. Why do I know that? Its in basic training coursework for catching pedophiles on line. Feed them images; follow the descriptions of childrens bodies. Also the art statement image at the top is feed directly for the mysogynists and rapists. Woman haters. I applaud the County for vigorous attention to sex abusers of children. And if some innocent people caught up in the system need attention drawn to their plight. But be a more resposible journalist about it. Imagery is the basic engine these pedophiles have to work with - don't be feeding it. Whoever sent that photo to him was just as bad, or stupid. And he to keep it.If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.

Tina
Tina

I am sorry dear sir or madame that you feel that way. I believe it was my mother that sent that photo to him and she is neither stupid or bad. What parent or grandparent for that matter doesn't have a picture of a diaper change, their kids in the bath, or sitting on the potty for that matter. My brother was allowed to have all the pictures that he had. Sterling correctional facility allowed him to have them. Then the rules chaged, which by all means is ok because we all know that things change. They were not hidden, and if asked my brother would've sent them to me, which is where they ended up coming anyway. They took away all his photos, not just ones of his grandchild but also of our father who by the way passed away while my brother sat in prison. Sterling said they sent them to us. I received an empty envelope with no photographs. Where could 200 plus pictures go. My brother purchsed an envelope and postage which was sent to me empty. He found out that I did not receive the photos by calling me. I did not receive the pictures until a month later. I do know that not everyone in prison is innocent. I also know that one of my own children have been molestad and because the predator is under 18 nothing happens. My brother gave me advice on how to handle the situation. There is a problem with the entire judicial system. Why don't you read through the other comments. We are not bad people and this is a case were justice was not served!

suetiggers
suetiggers

It's good to see some truth come out about these laws. The registry is BLOATED...that's how Garrido got away with keeping Jaycee so long. People have to wake up. The hysteria has been running the show, along with the unscrupulous politicians, drama-driven media, ala Nancy Grace who knows how to run any story about a child into the ground and terrify anyone she can and the overly zealous prosecutors out to make a name for themselves.If you care about justice, educate yourself: http://www.thecrimereport.org/...

http://ilvoices.com/media/2394...

http://www.reformsexoffenderla...

Jadecutone
Jadecutone

The laws need to be change. This man has become meal ticket for the state that has him in jail. That is thier paychecks. The truth dosen't matter any more. If you are not a police officer, a district attoney, or a judge you are not even consider as WE THE PEOPLE anymore. Like Thomas Jefferson wrote one time THAT THE TREE OF JUSTICE MUST BE REFRESHED FROM TIME TO TIME.

jnm
jnm

Steven b & saigo,look me up on fb "SociallyRude AndUnacceptable" .Im the one with the red & white osha sign for a pic.I know a way to get the law back on track but it takes numbers.theres strength in numbers.

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Steven B
Steven B

Social services is one of the "best" scams that this government has ever set up. If you ever meet anyone who works for them ( in any department) , make sure to ask if, "They have children"? Most I have met do not, nor were they even married. But they send these people out to investigate whether or not someone is a "good" parent. How could they possibly know what to look for? They also "teach" parenting classes as well. Could you imagine if we could just raise our children like the books tell us to? In Arapahoe County they charge up to $165 per parent that they send ( not like it is a choice). The "foster" homes for these kids after they are taken away get anywhere from 1200 - 1500 per month per child. Wow, that means I can have an income of over 3 grand for 2 foster kids...shoot, sounds like a good idea. The problem with it is they don't do very good background checks (sure the computer kind...what is that, their credit check, wonder how that comes into play), but nothing like finding out their real history, of who they are, what they believe, who they're friends are, what relatives say about them...no leg work at all.... So, the system is corrupt from the bottom up.....there will never be true justice because it is run like the salem witch hunt when it comes to kids (hmmmm, that was for the children too.....the "Puritians" killed in the name of the children and God). Good example to follow don't you think..........dumb bunch of ass kissing whinning buracratic snobby blind corrupt idiots. (to those working in this system and are doing it with a true heart.... SHAME ON YOU!!!! If you are then you know the corruption and need to do something about it. It all has to start somewhere....

Oh, by the way, I was abused as a child, I was 4-6, it was my brother (8 yrs older), and he said they (mom and dad) would never believe me if i told because I was adopted and he wasn't. Then he said he would kill me if i did tell as well.....can you imagine......and I have had problems my whole life. I didn't graduate high school, I have never finished anything i ever started, been in the military and failed at that ( though i did get an honorable discharge). I am in my 40's and nearing death (health issues now). The suicide thoughts finally went away after my own children started depression and I got help for me and them. We are fairly happy, poor since I still can't hold down a job nor seem to want to leave the house. But we will survive. There are soooo many others out there that have it worse..... Take care all

what you talknbout Willis?
what you talknbout Willis?

You hit the head on the nail I was in a paternity suit with my ex-fiance and her mother worked for social services (20 years)- her and the judge were on a first name basis in Jefferson county. I call it a learning experience I sould have listened to my friends and family, I had supervised visitation without just cause and now my son that was exposed to her husband is a drug addict/dealer like him (he likes the white stuff) . Life is not fair, but this guy in the article got the royal treatment.

Saigo
Saigo

Bingo-! .... I was trying to think of something to say or add as a "Comment", but, You said it "All" much better then I would have. ( Now,,, How can this Charles Farrar case get Reversed? To me, it is looking like the Judge is 'Refusing' to reverse or correct this case because he doesn't want to "Embarrass" the Prosecutors by showing their Bias, Coruption and how they Adulterated this whole case. )

Milosh
Milosh

Westword is rapist. Is gay and editors constantly rapping the children's. Why you such a bad writing terrible newspaper, westvord?

Steve
Steve

Good grief Milosh, go back where you came from and learn how to write

db
db

Having been in relationships with 2 losers ( 3rd time IS the charm ) one can 'see' thelies, and forecasting where that could lead, like for poor Farrar, one learns to stay away from trouble. The child I raised, with more love and attention than most kids, turned intothe most disrespectful liar after divorcing her mom. I chose not to have contact, though it was sad. But not as sad as jail. The child, now grown, not doing very well. Her choice, though.

Bella
Bella

makes you wonder how Casey Anothney went free and this guy is doing life... lack of evidence..is lack of evidence..

ShelomithStow
ShelomithStow

Samsara writes that a better use of journalistic time--(better than pointing out a huge travesty of justice???)--would be to suggest solutions for stopping sexual abuse of children. Okay, I can do that. Well over 90% of sexually abused children are abused by people they know, trust, and love, not by registered sex offenders (less than 1%) or strangers not on the registry (a very small percentage). So step one: abolish the public registry and all of the laws that accompany it, reserving it as a law enforcement tool for only the tiny percentage of registered offenders that our Justice Dept. says are dangerous--5-6%. Step two, with the money saved, flood the schools and communities with educational and informational programs that could, in one generation, make a serious impact on breaking the cycle of sexual abuse of children. If a generation is 20 years, then the registry has had its generation to make a difference, and it has failed miserably. Studies validate the fact that there has been no decrease in the percentage of sexual crime or the number of new victims. Studies consistently validate the lack of efficacy in the registry, residency restriction, or any other of the schemes that do nothing but throw roadblocks in the way of many thousands of former, low level offenders trying to make amends and put their lives back together.

Robert
Robert

Sounds like politial lies trump true justice in Colorado

realist
realist

It all began with the witch trials in Salem Mass,the whole system is corrupt as politicians.

Patrick Thurmond
Patrick Thurmond

This Sacha woman deserves to spend as much time in prison as he has. So do the prosecutors, judges, and social workers that railroaded him into this false and horrible conviction.

It just sickens me when I read more and more of these stories of a overzealous legal system made up of men and women that really just want to make a name for themselves. So they manipulate, lie, and cheat to win their cases. Ending with decent people being locked up for doing nothing wrong.

What the fuck is wrong with our society that we turn a deaf ear to the truth when we don't like what we hear. What the fuck is wrong with our society when we want to hear tales of rape, neglect, and other abuse, but not those of decent, hard-working people that are doing everything to survive and give their kids a good life. This is just one of the many causes of our overcrowded prison system.

People need to learn to shut the fuck up and listen to everything for a change before going forward with such zeal. Police need to actually do their jobs and investigate cases, especially when fresh evidence needs to be collected. This attitude of jumping to the worst possible conclusions about each other has got to stop.

What the fuck happened to due process? What the fuck happened to a fair trial? What the fuck has happened to our society as a whole. This is just sickening and disgusting.

americaswrongfullyconvicted
americaswrongfullyconvicted

New Scam in Houston, Tx. Scams take many forms, but what if you had the judicial system on your side? This is what Christine and Paula Trent did to a disabled man setting him up on false charges and taking advantage of him under the security of a protective order! Web search Robert McClendon at: www.americaswrongfullyconvicte...We are taking these two social laeaches to court on Aug.22, 2011. DON'T MISS THE SHOW!!!!

Austin farrar
Austin farrar

That's not cool man I got put in oklahoma and only got to see my mom once since that crap happend

MBALDGUY
MBALDGUY

how is this the best justice system in the world? Another innocent person gets rail roaded all because some prosecuter needs another notch under there belt. No proof of any sexual misconduct = No conviction People that convicted him arre as guilty as the Young girl that needed attention and the system that just convicts people for there own personal gain. Like judge Paula Dori that made a comment she wanted to reach a million man prision yrs before she retired. people like that do NO belong living little long being a judgeMike I love americans and quicky becoming a hater of america PEOPLE PULL UR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS AN MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES FOR ONCE

OldGypsy
OldGypsy

"Denial is the first sign of addiction."

"But I'm not an addict."

"See, that assures us that you are."

Guess that it is too much to ask that common sense be applied to this case and that the slimy lawslingers with the notches in their pistol grips be put into prison and the one they put into prison is freed.

americaswrongfullyconvicted
americaswrongfullyconvicted

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TwinkleStar2
TwinkleStar2

Instead of swallowing every story - hook, sinker, and line - a child has to say, social workers and prosecutors should have a healthy dose of skepticism, especially if it is a step-child involved. Step-children usually have an ax to grind with a step-parent. Even naturally born children can cause a problem. I knew a close friend whose young boys, when they did not like some punishment doled out for wrongdoing, would threaten to call social services and lie about abuse. I recall his reaction when his three boys used this scare tactic on him - he told them it would be the last act on planet earth they would ever commit. Now they are grown and concede they came up with these outlandish schemes because of the crap they were taught in public school by counselors and other "educators."

Patrick
Patrick

Just think about how much money we could save on government if things like this were stopped. Special prosecutors and the like... all cost taxpayers an ungodly amount of money.

What a waste... and now we pay for this guy who is completely innocent to rot in jail for the next thirty to forty years.

John Johns
John Johns

Having been on both sides of the legal fence I can say without doubt justice is for sale. Enough money will buy this man freedom. My contention is simple. If ever found not guilty, the judge goes to serve the remainder of the imposed sentence without trial, taking the young woman "victim" to psychological evaluation and then impose proper sentence for perjury. Carte blanche "official" misconduct is rampant and must be handles without kid gloves. I feel the "judge" may be aware of the fallacy of the charges but for reasons beyond comprehension will not admit bad judgement. Maybe there is a way the family can sue for another trial in another area?

Nunya
Nunya

I hope that bitch never gets a good nights sleep the rest of her life. Justice will be served when her child accuses her of a crime she didnt commit. Just for attention. I feel for the man or men in her life, the lies the subterfuge, its all endless. What a waste of a human.

boise427
boise427

Here is a perfect example of the fact that the justice system serves itself before serving the public. Judge Leopold does not belong in any position of authority. He should be given the opportunity to work in the private sector.

TwinkleStar2
TwinkleStar2

As I recall, the article said he retired a couple of years ago. Thank goodness for small miracles, eh?

Chixdigme
Chixdigme

"In America's holy war on sex offenders, it's a matter of gospel to believe the children — no matter how improbable the claims, how inadequate the investigation, how suspect the credibility of the alleged victim. The children must be believed."

Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law is a long lost fantasy. The jury already has their minds made up as soon as the charges are read when it comes to THIS type of allegation. I saw it happen to a man. All the man did was urinate on a trash dumpster, but two 16 year old girls said something else. I SAW what he did, I testified for the defense at his trial. The man received 1 year in prison and has to register as a sex offender for life.

Biased investigators and social workers are a scourge in this nation.

TwinkleStar2
TwinkleStar2

Think maybe that is because they have an "ax to grind"? I have known prosecutors, judges, lawyers and social workers to lie. Everyone must defend their profession and make it appear they are doing their job. It just makes me sick to see the crap that goes on in our "judicial system." It should be called the "prejudicial system."

scott mcandrew
scott mcandrew

never ever get anywhere near a single mothers kids

americaswrongfullyconvicted
americaswrongfullyconvicted

The system uses protective orders to silence the wrongfully convicted. Check out the Robert McClendon story at: www.americaswrongfullyconvicte... when the family had to do it's own investigation to uncover the truth. We are taking the two women to court on Aug. 22, 2011 and it's going to BE A SHOW!!!!!!!

Jsmith4690
Jsmith4690

It sounds to me that this is Truman's MO. Always someone elses fault his client got convicted. Someone else caused his client to get convicted. Lies, intimidation, the prosecution, the family members pressured, intimidated witnesses, etc. It sounds to me that Truman is just a lazy attorney who blames everyone else for his inability to do his job. I can think of at least three cases where he alleges the same things about his client and his case It's alway the same thing: they lied, they were intimidated, there was a conspiracy,blah blah blah etc,.... If the child was lying about three years of abuse, Truman could not show that. Come on already... Truman and his colleagues need to come up with new excuses for their client. It sounds to me like they pressured the girl to now change her story... It's Truman's status Quo, ususal tacit to get his client a new trial.

TwinkleStar2
TwinkleStar2

Good reason to stay out of Colorado, if you are a man. Also, a good reason to stay away from females. Justice? What is that, anymore in a world gone mad? Men are seeing less and less justice as women gain more and more political power. (Maria is going to get half of Arnold's $400 M - and half of his retirement - and he still has to pay spousal support? Good grief!) What about the lie detector test Farrar passed? Is it not hypocritical for these jerks who work in the "judicial system" to believe a lie detector test when it shows the person is lying, but to ignore the results when it shows they are telling the truth? Lesson for men - never have a relationship with a woman with children. I am broke and unemployed (thanks to Obama) but I would contribute $10 to a defense fund for this unfortunate man.

scott mcandrew
scott mcandrew

don't you mean thanks BUSH ! You dim wit

chadbag
chadbag

NO, he means Obama, numb nut. Under Bush the economy grew and we had record tax receipts. The deficit was less every year and we would have lead to a balanced budget around 2012 according to the Congressional Budget Office forecasts. Bush did make mistakes and spent way too much, but Obama has just ratcheted it up even more and spends a heck of a lot more than Bush could ever dream of. The "crash" of housing has many roots, some on the Democrat side and some on the Republican side, but one of the major factors was housing policy set by Carter (a Democrat) and "improved" (read: made worse) through changes and emphasis by Clinton (a Democrat) and was something that Bush and the Republicans tried to fix but were stymied by the Democrats in Congress (the hearings are on YouTube for you to watch). This policy rewarded banks who made loans to people who were not normally eligible (hi risk mortgages) in order to increase homeownership, and penalized banks who refused to make sub standard loans. Other factors were involved of course and there is blame to go around. But the crash was not a result of "failed Bush policies". What policies of Bush failed? His "tax cuts" did not cause a recession and downturn. Obama is hell bent on ideological spending and tax raising no matter what happens to the economy. Lots of business owners are speaking out about the fear that business has of the government, of uncertainty regarding tax policy, etc. (ref Steve Wynn, the guy from Caterpillar, and many other recent pronouncements by business leaders). The economy sucks right now EXPLICITLY due to Obama and his bumbling and rick solid stubbornness beholden to ideology, and the unions. Boeing is trying to build 787 in onr of the Carolinas but is being stopped by the Obama administration due to influence of the unions. Businesses are afraid of all the new taxes (health care costs etc) and stuff that Obama is shoving down our throats. If Obama wants to improve the economy, he would resign and get out of the way. Obamacare would be repealed, and taxes would be lowered (which ironically would increase tax receipts as the economy picked up and generated profits). Unemployment is way up compared to the day Bush handed the scepter to Obama. Obama is in way over his head but has no clue of that. Obama is the biggest impediment to growth in the country right now.

TwinkleStar2
TwinkleStar2

mcandrew: ROTF LOL! No, I did not, numnuts. Obama cancelled the Presidential Helicopter program, not Bush you nit wit. The result was the loss of 12,000 good paying jobs, you brainless moron. You jumped to conclusions and that is probably the only exercise you mental midgets get (includes the two idiots who "liked" your comment). You must be either a social worker, an attorney, a judge, or a politician - you don't seem to let facts get in the way of your thinking. Like an obedient party mouthpiece, you didn't even bother to discover the facts before shooting off your mouth. Go troll somewhere else, you dumb jerk. "Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance!" Voltaire

Unconditional1
Unconditional1

This "victim," has a history of spinning tall tales, tries to unravel her lies before the case begins, as an adult completely recants her story as totally false, and the Court still can't figure this one out correctly. Another fine job of "good old American Justice!" Bravo, Colorado Social Services and Court System, job well done!

 
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