If you haven't seen this documentary, you need to. It addresses the 36 people which Kern County, CA falsely imprisoned for child molestation charges durring the early 80's. And will really shake your faith in the legal system, if you have any left that is.
My question is, even if you know nothing about these cases, what steps do YOU feel should or could be taken to further prevent the bully tactics that are often used against witnesses. In these cases the children were fed stories from prosicuters until the children said what they wanted them to. As a result 36 people were convicted and countless children's lives were greatly affected. How can this be stopped? Today, cases this extreme are very rare, but it still happens. There are thousands of innocents in prison, for reasons like this. How do we stop it?
For those that would like to see the documentary. You can access it through the instant queue feature on Netflix or watch it on You Tube through a series of 9 videos... Here
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:02 PM on Aug. 28, 2009
Answer by Ati_13 at 11:05 PM on Aug. 28, 2009
Unfortunately without the journalism many of those in the public would never know about the cause in the first place. I think in many cases it's a necessary evil.
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:09 PM on Aug. 28, 2009
Answer by Carpy at 11:56 PM on Aug. 28, 2009
The same thing happened in Wenatchee, Washington. I don't have the links anymore, but you can just google it. It was incredible--there were literally THOUSANDS of charges against about a hundred residents of the town, many of them underpriveleged, mentally disabled or otherwise on the outer fringes of the mainstream. Lives were ruined, children were implanted with false memories, taken from loving homes, and now have to live with the guilt of saying what they were forced to when they were so small. Some children were adopted out of state and can never be recovered to their rightful parents.
Answer by pagan_mama at 12:48 AM on Aug. 29, 2009
Answer by lovinangels at 1:08 AM on Aug. 29, 2009