This all would be wonderful in a perfect world but we are far from being in a perfect world and we have to accept it.
The editorial was based on a man who spent eighteen years in prisonfor molesting his daughter until she came forward and admited that her mother had forced her to lie during their divorce trial.
What the daily newspaper is suggesting may be a good solution in a criminal case or a divorce case with all the participants being adults, but how many grown up children are going to take the chance of doing the right thing or being punished for lying?
What is the right thing to do? Allow the culprit mother who forced the child to commit perjury to walk away or allow an innocent man to walk out of the prison as soon as possible.
We don’t have to go to California to find injustices like this one; here in our own backyard we have the case of Robert Hays.
Robert Hays was wrongfully accused and convicted in 1993 on eight counts of sexually abusing his 8-year-old daughter. He received four consecutive life terms for a crime he vehemently denied.
His little girl tried to reach out to the prosecutor, Thomas Moreo, to recant her testimony, explaining that her mother forced her to watch pornographic movies and masturbate herself with two fingers, telling her that was what her father did to her, but prosecutor Thomas Moreo refused to take her testimony on the day the trial started, claiming it was too late.
How many little girls would be as brave as Robert Hays’ daughter was if they knew that their civil and decent behavior would be sending them to prison? Not many, we can assure you that.
Perhaps a very reasonable solution would be to prosecute the mother who forced the child to lie to get even with a man who was leaving her or she no longer had any feelings for.
Then there’s the case of Manuel Melendez whose wife accused him of molesting her granddaughter when it was a lie and when the mother of the child came back to Las Vegas and learned of the tragedy, took the
time to ask her little girl and the response did not take the stressed mother by surprise.
When the child’s mother came back and found out what had happened, she started investigating and realized that the grandmother-defendant-now ex wife had created the scenario when Melendez told her he was leaving
her and filed for divorce. The mother of the child contacted the Melendez family (brothers and sisters) and told them she did not believe Melendez had done the horrendous crime he was accused of and for which he is now doing time. The mother of the child, while on the witness stand, told Judge James Bixler that her mother has a pattern of accusing people of child molestation and even tried to do that when her father was divorcing her mother.
“My mother tried to convince us that our father had molested us, but we have no recollection of such a thing,” the child’s mother testified on behalf of Melendez.
What are we to do, charge that little girl with perjury and send her to prison to teach her a lesson? Or should we ask the prosecutors office to charge the grandmother with falsifying information, mentally abusing the child, and perjury under the law?
There are several cases such as the ones described above where vindictive women use children to get even with their husbands or other people in order to get their own way.
There are also cases of women vacationing in Las Vegas who hope to find a man here willing to finance their luxury time and when they found they could not get a penny out of one man or even several men, they immediately scream “rape.” They later appear in court on another free vacation for the length of the trial at the expense of the district attorney’s office and Clark County taxpayers.
If the Department of Justice launches an investigation into the number of men wrongfully incarcerated because of the actions of prosecutors and the false testimony of witnesses, they would be doing a great service to all communities and restore the name “JUSTICE” to the department they so proudly represent.
In all those cases of men wrongfully convicted, the victims have recounted their testimony, but to no avail. The majority of them are sentenced to lengthy convictions of several life sentences.