7.08.2009

Sex Assault Trial

I didn't watch much of the sexual assault of a child trial that went on in Decatur over the last two days, so I can't tell if today's late afternoon guilty verdict seemed right or wrong. But it was part of the very odd "split verdict" where the jury found the defendant guilty of one sex act in Count I but not guilty of a different act in Count II. But these cases make me nervous because there seems to be so much doubt. No scientific evidence, just the word of the girl, a family incest allegation, delayed outcry, and a very short trial. (Although there was evidence that the defendant admitted to the offense to family members - but I'm not sure as to the context of this admission.) The unusual part for the Decatur courthouse was that the defendant was of Middle Eastern descent. Most of the witnesses were from Pakistan or Bangladesh who testified with thick accents in front of typical looking Wise County jury. I hope the evidence that those involved were practicing Muslims played no role in the verdict. I have faith that it did not. The punishment phase of the trial is tomorrow. The possible range of punishment is as low as 5 years of probation to the maximum of life in prison. Texas is unusual about allowing jury sentencing and giving them wide discretion as to what to do.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is there a convenience store or motel involved? Just askin'.

The Fishing Musician said...

You've got to have faith in the case screening abilities of the prosecutors, and if you don't, then I challenge you to go be DA again and render some more good service to your county. It's a sacrifice, especially after being in private practice, but I hear tell you were a very good DA.

Anonymous said...

I think the punishment should fit the crime and not all sexual assaults should be punished with life or even years. (ex. a teen having sex with another teen)

Anonymous said...

Why is sexual assault the only cime where we don't take a victim's word for it? No one ever asks a burglary victim if they have any physical evidence? And why are little kids faulted because they don't tell "fast" enough? I don't understand you, Barry.

Anonymous said...

Let that Camel Jockey rot in jail!

Anonymous said...

For Fishing Musician

Barry couldn't get elected dogcatcher in Wise County after everything he has said on this blog.

Anonymous said...

8:32, I'm mad that you are dating someone else, so now I'm thinking why did you rape me? Guess it's your word against mine, and since I'm the victim, you'll want the jury to take my word for it.

Anonymous said...

I'm just happy to know that there is a sexual assault case that actually (finally) went to trial! Kudos to our Dist. Attorney!

(Tell me again how many of these type cases went to trial in the Jana Jones era?)

Cheryl T. said...

I am with the guy that said to let him rot in hell! Too many times a child's life is ruined by one of these monsters and then nobody listens to them when they do try to cry out for help!

Anonymous said...

Stop busting on our old DA. She did a good job while she was in there. You should go try it for a term and see how you fare.

The Fishing Musician said...

8:59, you're talking apples and oranges. This is a sexual assault of a child case. Unless it's someone reasonable close to the kid's age, it's a child molestation case.

How many child molesters do their molesting with other witnesses around? How many kids, usually already with some problems, don't tell right away?

Finally, how many of you as children lied? Of those who say yes they did lie as children, how many lied about being sexually assaulted?

Anonymous said...

Kids now a days are 11 going on 40 people need to open their eyes at what teenagers do these days. Especially girls.

Anonymous said...

Fishing Musician Rocks!

Anonymous said...

Kids do have those moments of stretching the truth...but...even a broken clock is right twice a day...

Anonymous said...

I think many children are molested, then threatened if they "tell".

Then when one does tell, we come on here and almost call them liars.

Some of that may come from folks who were molested as children and are living with that.

That includes a lot of professional folks too - even perhaps a few lawyers?

Anonymous said...

LOL - he does own the Sunset convenience store, and manages (leases??) the Alvord Express!! Go figure:)
speaking of Alvord - Barry wheres the scoop about Coach Chaney resigning???? you're slipping in your old age!!

Anonymous said...

We need to be ashamed of ourselves for prosecuting a possible person of Muslim faith. They have different beliefs than us so we should respect their beliefs even if they want to have sex with children. This is an abomination(pron. obama nation) for us to disrespect a man of middle eastern descent. How do we ever plan to have good foreign relations with the middle east when we refuse to acknowledge their culture and beliefs.

It is time for us bigots to stop. We need to allow the muslims to have sex with our children, rape our wives, bomb our landmarks and eat our dogs....for God's sake they have an a$$load of virgins waiting on them and we don't.

Anonymous said...

This incident occurred in 2006, 3 years ago. Wouldn't you think all this girl would want to do is forget what happened to her? How terrrible for her to have to re-live that terrible experience.

This has been a difficult few years for this family, and for the convicted's children. They are members of this community and did what was right by turning in the ba****d! I hope that they kind find peace in the outcome and move on with their lives.

Anonymous said...

Since when did Bangladesh become part of the Middle East Barry?

Anonymous said...

Uh, 9:29 PM, the real question 9:03 PM SHOULD have asked is--how many cases of ANY type did Jana actually try during two terms in office? Answer--very, very, very, very few. How many felony cases were "refused" by her that were then prosecuted successfully as lesser-included misdemeanors--with the felony elements clear for all to see? Answer--very, very, very, very many. The district court is just now finding out what its felony occurrence rate is in this County, which is really screwing up its docket with the huge backload that has built up after years of almost total neglect. The bare-bones "there for anyone who's not blind to see" facts don't lie.

Anonymous said...

sexual assault cases are not the only crimes where we don't take the victims word for it...

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