Friday, June 29, 2007

Another False Rape Conviction?

The mother of convicted rapist Antonio McAllister thinks so and tells a reporter that she believes the 3 hairs found in a sock -- which are the only pieces of physical evidence linking him to the crime -- were placed there.

So where are all those who obsess over rape charges leveled against athletes and who combed through every shred of prosecution evidence in those cases to ensure that those men weren't railroaded by prosecutors so eager to appease a public hungry for justice that they leave ethics far behind?

Most of these people claimed that their interest was to see that justice was served for all those accused and was not a selective interest based on the identity of the defendants or the alleged victims. Now we have a mother who absolutely believes that her son is innocent and needs to be exonerated.

So where are all those who said that they've had their eyes opened to the potential for injustice to be done against those less privileged?

Are they failing to research this man's possible innocence and failing to talk about the weaknesses in this case because they can't accuse the 78 year old alleged rape victim of being a slut or a lying 'ho or someone suffering from morning-after regret?

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 6:15 PM   3 comments links to this post


At June 30, 2007 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the first I have heard of this case. It is tough to investigate something if you haven't heard of it. Do you know where one can find police reports, court documents, ect. in order to check this out?

At July 06, 2007 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, please when you refer to this case, while you may feel free to call Mcallister an "alleged rapist" even though he has been convicted, do not, please, have the audacity to refer to the victim as an "alleged rape victim".

If you look at the transcripts of this case you will see that the doctors not only testified to the fact that she was raped and beaten, but beaten to the point they did not believe she would live.

This was a horrible crime, and certainly not a lacross team case. This was a violent crime commited by someone who has a record of assult and who left pubic hair at the scene of the crime. This is a case of denial by the mother, certainly not a case of a wrongfully accused decent man.

Please do this victim, and all other true victims a favor and stand up for the good guys, not the criminals. It's hard enough to have to testify and relive this horror...worrying all of the time if the rapist is going to come and try and kill you if he should get away with the crime....but to add to the injustice being accused of being a 78 year old "tart" because of what someone else did to you is really too much.

At July 06, 2007 9:23 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Anonymous #2, of course this is a horrible crime and one that those who rush to deny real rape victims by calling them "alleged rape victims" cannot possibly deny -- which was my point.

If they can't deny the crime or find sympathy in their attacks on the victim, they rarely pay any attention to denials of guilt on the part of the defendant. Yet, most exonerations come in cases where the crime is real and often horrific.

I was not accusing this victim of being a tart or a liar, but pointing out that those who say they are against all false convictions pick current cases to focus on where they can attack people's character and use their favorite slurs.

Even when someone is a "tart," however that word is defined, that doesn't mean that person isn't a real rape victim. Unfortunately, far too many people who say they are against all "real rapes" deny this truth or forget it when the defense has its spin going full force.


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