Prosecutorial Abuse: Martha Coakley and the Amirault Case

I never thought I’d link to the Daily Kos, but here it goes:

If you don’t remember the Amirault case, you’re probably sleeping better at night.  The pre-school child-abuse witch hunts of the 80’s remain an indelible blot on any history of justice and reason in this country.  The Amiraults were at the center of one of the prosecution frenzies of that era.

Coakley wasn’t there for the original farce.  But when the case finally began to unravel, when judges and even the Governor’s Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended commutation, Coakley, as Middlesex DA, continued to hound and persecute the family.

Read the story for yourself.  I can’t believe I’m linking to something at the Wall Street Journal, but the story is what it is.  If you don’t believe anything from the WSJ, look it up elsewhere.  Just do a search on “coakley amirault” and see what you find.

And then don’t expect me to make a single phone call for her, or donate a dime, or even show up to vote.  I’m being told over and over that her vote would be crucial to the health-care “reform” bill.  Well, I’ve had to swallow an awful lot over that bill already.  So much worthwhile stuff was cut out, so much inept and feckless bargaining with implacable nose-jobbers, that there’s not much of a bill left to care about.  And now I’m told that I have to swallow Martha Coakley, too?

Although I’m not completely up on this race, up until now I haven’t heard much from conservatives about this.  But prosecutorial abuse is a powerful weapon in the hands of those who want to separate the people from their freedom.  “Law and order” conservatives don’t like to talk about it, but they should.

After all, if you got a liberal with some spine up there, we would be next…

Coakley had the luxury of gracefully dropping this case.  But she didn’t, which only makes matters worse.

Massachusetts, it’s your call.  What are you going to do?

2 thoughts on “Prosecutorial Abuse: Martha Coakley and the Amirault Case”

  1. Amirault was found guilty and this verdict was upheld several times by both political parties. There were physical findings of abuse in the children and the children showed signs of strong sexualized behaviors after the abuse. The children as adults continue to state they were abused.

    Letters to the Editor: The Real Darkness Is Child Abuse WALL STREET JOURNAL 02/24/95 Hardoon
    The three Amiraults — Gerald, Violet and Cheryl – were convicted after two trials before different judges and juries almost one year apart. They were represented by able and well-known defense counsel. The convictions were upheld after review by state and federal appellate courts….in Amirault, the majority of the female children who testified had some relevant physical findings, as did several female children involved in the investigation who did not participate in the trial. The findings included labial adhesions and hymenal scarring….The victims and their families in these cases have been irrevocably harmed by what was done to them by the Amiraults….Justice was done.

  2. COMMONWEALTH vs. GERALD AMIRAULT. 404 Mass. 221 December 6, 1988 – March 6, 1989 “The parents of the child witnesses testified about their children’s behavior while, or shortly after, attending Fells Acres. The children complained and cried about the school; they complained of stomachaches, headaches, pain in their genital areas, and bowel problems. They began bedwetting, lost their appetites, had nightmares, used baby talk, became fearful of lights, of men, and of being left alone. The children also displayed sexually explicit behavior; some began masturbating. Two of the boys tried to stick their tongues into their mothers’ mouths.”

    Swift won’t free Tooky by David R. Guarino and Elisabeth J. Beardsley 2/20/02 Swift said Amirault should be jailed at least until he’s up for parole in 2004 on his 30- to 40-year sentence. “She carefully analyzed every bit of information generated through the investigation and came to her decision that the verdict was just and the sentence was appropriate.” http://web.archive.org/web/20020305205020/http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/local_regional/swif02202002.htm

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