Can children of divorce file civil suit against their parents for the reduced lifetime earnings, reduced lifespan, and reduced overall quality of life they can expect as a result of being raised in a broken home?
Posted 4/3/2012 8:11 pm
Well, the inherent problem with rape cases is that it's usually one person's word against another's. And for millenia the perpetrator has had the upper hand. So the pendulum has swung in favor of victims, which I believe is a good thing. The downside is, of course, unstable teenage girls have lots of power over any man they have been alone together with.
Why should it be that way? If I jizz in some whore's cunt, then there is plenty of evidence. If I beat the fuck out of her, there is evidence too. Any case that is just one word against another should be tossed out of court, especially given the advanced forensic tools available today.
Posted 4/3/2012 8:38 pm
Every day I read a story about someone's life going bad because of their children: lying, stealing, murdering, doing drugs, selling drugs, and a hundred other reasons. I solved this problem by not having children!
<< def of incel rationalization
Posted 4/3/2012 10:32 pm
I was a pretty good kid- no drugs, great grades, no trouble, low maintenance etc. but I still felt like I put my single Dad through a stressful hell just because I existed so I can see how this could happen when taken to extremes.
Posted 4/4/2012 5:45 am
When Casandra first made the allegation the prosecutors grabbed it and ran with it. They had her older sister on the list to testify and the last day of trial sent word to her not to come they knew if she testified her dad would have been acquitted because she knew the diary Casandra had was her friends.
Posted 4/4/2012 8:20 am
Cassandra said she got the idea of setting up her father from a friend whose stepfather was sent to prison for a child sex crime. "I thought that is what I would do to make my dad go away," she told police in January.
In her recent interviews with police, Cassandra recalled testifying against her father during his trial and "having to point at him and look at him and say who he was and how bad I felt, all the guilt, thinking, 'Can I take it all back?' "
"I remember being so unhappy and scared that they were going to convict him," Cassandra told the detectives in January.
Police reports tell the story of an angry little girl who felt neglected by her father and, by her own admission, took "vengeance" on him.
Thomas Kennedy and his wife divorced around 1991, and their daughters, Cassandra and her older sister, began spending one weekend a month with their father, according to court documents. The girls slept on foam mattresses in the living room of Kennedy's Longview home.
Posted 4/4/2012 8:23 am
In January, Cassandra told police she still has fond childhood memories of sitting on her father's lap as he drove his pickup to collect wood pallets and wire to scrap.
"I was daddy's girl," she said. "I was with my dad!" But, she said, her father wasn't around much when she was little and that he drank heavily, smoked pot and partied.
"I wanted him to love me, and I didn't think he did at that time," she told the detectives.
So, Cassandra said, she made up the rape story, largely because her father disappointed her. "He wasn't showing up. I wanted him away so he would stop hurting me," she said this year. "I took my own vengeance."
Cassandra said this year that, as a child, she didn't understand the consequences of her lies. She told police she hadn't thought Kennedy would go to prison if he was convicted. "I just thought he would go away, you know, go to jail for a little bit, be out of my life," she said.
Baur, who was the prosecutor during the case, recalled Friday that all of the pieces in the investigation seemed to fall into place.
"It just totally made sense," she said.
Most startling, Baur said, was that Cassandra told the story of the abuse again and again with amazing consistency. Yet, Baur said, "she did not appear to me to be the most precocious 11-year-old."
Posted 4/4/2012 8:24 am
Later in 2001, in an interview with Longview police investigators, Cassandra used stuffed animals to illustrate what her father had allegedly done to her, reports said. She also drew a picture of a bathroom where she said one of the rapes happened. Police later measured and photographed the room.
Cassandra's account included frightening detail, according to police reports. But if it wasn't true, police wanted to know this year, how could an 11-year-old know so much about sex? Cassandra told police in January that she began engaging in sexual activity as a second-grader. She also said she may have known what to tell police from watching a movie or from walking in on adults having sex.
In March of 2001, Cassandra was examined at a Vancouver clinic where she told a doctor about the alleged abuse. "She looked at me and said, 'Are you telling the truth?" Cassandra said this year of her appointment with the doctor. "I lied to her and said, 'Yes.' "
Posted 4/4/2012 8:27 am
Cassandra's family members recalled to police this year that, during a 2002 trip to the beach, Cassandra told her mother she'd lied about the rape allegations, according to reports. However, Cassandra took back the statement a day later and insisted she'd been telling the truth all along, family members told police.
On Feb. 15, after Longview police told prosecutors that Cassandra Kennedy was recanting, Baur wrote an urgent letter to Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning. "I need to inform you that I have been made aware of new, credible material evidence that potentially creates a reasonable likelihood that Mr. Kennedy is innocent of those crimes," Baur wrote, adding that her staff was "continuing to work with investigators to uncover the truth."
Asked if there had been missteps in the initial investigation, Baur said she has recently reviewed a recording of the little girl's testimony and has been rethinking every detail of the case. She noted that 12 jurors found enough evidence at the time to convict Kennedy and that the conduct of prosecutors, defense attorneys and Judge Warme was upheld by the appeals court.
"There should be no indictment of the system," she said.
Instead, Baur said, it's simply a case of a victim withdrawing her story.
"Unfortunately, a man spent 10 years in prison before that happened," she said.