Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Had to go back a bit for this one

Had to go back a bit for this one...

But I remembered (and have to blog about) seeing the story of the 14-year-old witness being jailed, without benefit of a hearing, in order to insure her appearance in court. The girl had previously run away to avoid having to testify against her alleged molester. She wound up in an adult jail because a juvenile judge said she couldn't be held in a juvenile detention facility without being charged with a crime. The Ohio 9th District Court of Appeals overturned the Common Pleas Judge's decision.

The decision to free her was written by appellate Judge Lynn Slaby, who said case law was so clear, no further hearings were necessary to reach a decision. Slaby said the girl was being illegally held in an adult jail and should have been given a hearing before she was sent to jail.


The alleged molester was ultimately acquitted of the charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

On the witness stand...the girl admitted lying about her age to the defendant as well as to others. She said she told people she was 16 or 17 years old. She also acknowledged that she had at other times lied about what happened inside her Norton home.

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