March 22, 2013

McMartin Trial: Fiasco Ruined Many Lives

Douglas Linder, University of Missouri


The McMartin Preschool Abuse Trial, the longest and most expensive criminal trial in American history, should serve as a cautionary tale. When it was all over, the government had spent seven years and $15 million dollars investigating and prosecuting a case that led to no convictions.  More seriously, the McMartin case left in its wake hundreds of emotionally damaged children, as well as ruined careers for members of the McMartin staff.  No one paid a bigger price than Ray Buckey, one of the principal defendants in the case, who spent five years in jail awaiting trial for a crime (most people recognize today) he never committed. McMartin juror Brenda Williams said that the trial experience taught her to be more cautious: "I now realize how easily something can be said and...

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TAGGED: Los Angeles, Crime


October 26, 2013
The Original Celebrity Murder in L.A.
Cecilia Rasmussen, LA Times
It's probably no accident that films and sensational celebrity murders have long been two of Los Angeles' most successful exports. The two genres' successful examples, after all, often combine similar elements: sex, money,... more ››
October 15, 2013
Gretzky: Greatest of Them All
Jay Greenberg, Sports Illustrated
When 11-year-old Wayne Gretzky met Gordie Howe at a sports awards banquet in 1972, Howe gave him a piece of advice: Work on your backhand. Fast forward to Sunday, Oct. 15, 1989. Gretzky takes the puck on that backhand and flips... more ››
October 15, 2013
The Story of Gibson's Legendary Home Run
Arash Markazi, ESPN
Kirk Gibson (Dodgers outfielder 1988-89; now Arizona Diamondbacks manager): I was with the Tigers my whole career and went through collusion and I had to stay there. When I left Detroit, a lot was said about me. They attacked me... more ››
October 24, 2013
The Media All Wrong on D.C. Snipers
Pat Buchanan, American Cause
During the 23 days the Beltway Sniper was shooting 13 people and murdering 10 in the D.C. suburbs, the press – especially the cable news networks – got it wrong … all wrong. Their "profilers" almost all thought the sniper... more ››
October 24, 2013
Beltway Sniper: 'I Was a Monster'
Josh White, Washington Post
Lee Boyd Malvo said he remembers each of the sniper shootings in detail. But one moment — one image — stands out among the carnage of that terrifying time 10 years ago: “Mr. Franklin’s eyes.”  Malvo remembers being... more ››