Conclusion: I welcome your thoughts and feedback

I appreciate those of you who have read this blog. Any comments, constructive or destructive, would be greatly appreciated. Any thought an how to proceed would be especially helpful.

Mitch was convicted of child abuse largely on the basis of a typed confession and “expert” medical testimony.

The confession was not taped and there are no detective notes or anything in Mitch’s or Detective Mathis’ handwriting.

Medical testimony from two local doctors was flawed. No medical experts on sexual abuse were called by the defense.

Testimony of a foster mother didn’t match her previous statements.

No witnesses were called to support Mitch’s case except “mom.”

He was poorly (VERY POORLY!) represented at trial. There are enough holes in his case to drive a train through.

His case and the exonerations convince me that faith in our criminal justice system is misplaced.

Like our politics, our justice system is about money.

As Mitch wrote to me:

“Two things I know. Justice is for those who can afford it and the poor man must fight and pray for the truth.”

 

 

 

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dahaymes

Retired physician, author, and nonprofit worker in Africa

2 thoughts on “Conclusion: I welcome your thoughts and feedback”

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and research on this case. I think the bottom line is that guilty or innocent the case was not properly investigated, Mitch was not adequately represented, and there was a presumption of guilt almost from the start. Such is the nature of our justice system when it comes to the poor in this country. That being said, the details of his “confession” are pretty damning. It is hard to explain that part away. In my experience as a CPS investigator sex offenders caught red-handed continued to deny their crime to the bitter end. It is a rare man who would admit anally molesting an infant to anybody knowing how our society thinks about and treats that behavior. I always hated those cases. The evidence was always ambiguous to some degree, The disruption to the family was profound and the victim was so often re-victimized in various ways. At the same time it is hard for the rest of us to believe that someone could do such things to a child, especially their own, and more especially to an infant. I didn’t like how the knowledge I gained about such things, as an investigator, hardened me at the time. Even today, as a psychotherapist, I am faced daily with the sad and often violent results of the sexual victimization in childhood experienced by many of the adults I treat. More light needs to be shed on all aspects of Mitch’s case not just to expose the inadequacies in our criminal justice system but also our equally inadequate methods of preventing and intervening in the very real problems of physical and sexual abuse and neglect of children in this country. As one of my fellow investigators once replied to the question as to why he would want to leave his cushy job as a professor of religion to work as a CPS investigator, “because it is the real front line in the war on what is evil in this world.”

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    1. Thanks Steve,
      That about sums it up. The confession is hard to explain away. Poor representation and over-sentencing.
      Your comments about your experiences are valuable and insightful.
      Evil exists and we do what we can to acknowledge it in ourselves and shine a light on it in the world. Most of the time our light is way too dim.

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