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Anatomy of the McMartin Child Molestation Case - Edgar W. Butler

Anatomy of the McMartin Child Molestation Case

Hardcover Published: 28th June 2001
ISBN: 9780761819837
Number Of Pages: 346

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This book details the painful, torturous, and often unbelievable turn of events in the McMartin sexual molestation case. It offers a critical window on Salem by the Sea, revealing how civil society and the criminal justice system have mindlessly and brutally dealt with young children, their parents, defendants, and their families under the guise of pursuing justice and equity.

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This in-depth analysis has much to offer students of criminal justice, constitutional law, psychiatry, and the media. CHOICE

An Overviewp. 1
The Goal and Purpose of the Bookp. 4
Organization of the Studyp. 8
Conclusionsp. 11
The Evolution of Chargesp. 13
First Chargesp. 15
Initial Arrests and Lack of Evidencep. 16
Evolution of Criminal Chargesp. 17
Expanding the Investigationp. 18
Jail and Bailp. 24
Conclusionsp. 26
Pretrial Publicity: A Media Eventp. 27
Television and the McMartin Casep. 28
KABC-TVp. 29
A "20/20" Segment on McMartinp. 30
Another View: The "60 Minutes" Segmentp. 33
The Print Media and the McMartin Casep. 34
Political Publicityp. 36
Impact of Media Coveragep. 39
Conclusionsp. 40
Pretrial Publicity: The Public's Viewp. 41
The Los Angeles Times Opinion Surveyp. 42
Defense Analysis of Pre-Trial Publicity and Public Opinionp. 45
Survey of Potential Jurors in the Los Angeles Central Superior Court Districtp. 46
Sample Size and the Response Ratep. 48
Community Survey Findingsp. 48
Criticism of Mail Survey by the Print and Electronic Mediap. 50
The Media and Pretrial Publicityp. 51
Testimony by Children in Sexual Abuse Casesp. 52
Guilt and Innocencep. 54
The Judicial System and Investigations of Child Abuse by the Prosecutionp. 55
Child Sexual Abuse Over Timep. 56
Political Implicationsp. 56
Conclusionsp. 58
Preliminary Hearingsp. 59
The Affirmative Defensep. 60
The Judge and Other Court Playersp. 61
An Open or Closed Hearing?p. 64
Parental Testimonyp. 66
Therapists' Testimonyp. 70
Children's Testimonyp. 74
Medical Evidence and Medical Expertsp. 91
Potential Bias of CII Personnelp. 94
Prosecutorial Misconductp. 95
Cult Practice Fabricationsp. 95
Illegal Delays in Reporting Sexual Abusep. 96
Conflict Among Prosecutorsp. 96
Bailp. 98
Dropping Chargesp. 99
Dropping Defendantsp. 100
Conclusionsp. 102
Pretrial Events Before the First McMartin Trialp. 105
Charges of Discriminatory Enforcement and Prosecutionp. 106
Motion for Dismissal of Charges and the Question of Prosecutorial Misconductp. 107
Withheld Evidencep. 109
Death of Judy Johnson, the First Complaining Motherp. 112
Pre-Trial Defense Motionsp. 113
Motion to Change Venuep. 114
Motions for Extensive Voir Dire Sessionsp. 115
Selecting a Fair and Impartial Juryp. 117
Motion to Challenge the Jury Arrayp. 120
Conclusionsp. 122
Impaneling the McMartin Jury: Scientific Defense Jury Selectionp. 125
Jury Selection: Community Cross-Section and Biasesp. 127
Scientific Jury Selectionp. 129
Impaneling McMartin Jurors: A Study in Voir Dire and Peremptory Challengesp. 131
Socioeconomic and Demographic Dimensions of Juror Biasesp. 131
Behavioral and Attitudinal Dimensions of Juror Biasesp. 133
Observational Dimensions of Juror Biasesp. 136
Structured Observations and Assessments of Juror Biasesp. 137
The Final Jury and Alternatesp. 144
The Final Jury's Backgroundsp. 146
Perceptions of Scientific Jury Selection in American Courtroomsp. 150
Conclusionsp. 151
The First McMartin Trialp. 153
Opening Statementsp. 155
The Prosecution and the Factsp. 155
The Defense and the Matter of "Reasonable Doubt"p. 156
Parents' Testimonyp. 158
Children's Testimonyp. 162
Child Witnesses Refusing to Testifyp. 167
Judy Ann Johnson's Son Refusing to Testifyp. 168
Videotaped Testimonyp. 169
Therapists' Testimonyp. 169
Medical Evidencep. 174
The Defense Expert Witnessp. 175
Jailhouse Informant Testimonyp. 177
Testimony of Daniel Davisp. 181
Testimony of Peggy Ann Buckeyp. 182
Testimony of Virginia McMartinp. 183
Testimony of Peggy McMartin Buckeyp. 183
Testimony of Raymond Buckeyp. 184
Miscellaneous Testimony Without Endp. 186
Closing Argumentsp. 188
McMartin Defendants Versus a McMartin Parentp. 190
Bail for Raymond Buckeyp. 191
Conclusionsp. 193
The Jurors and their Verdicts: The First Trialp. 195
The Verdictsp. 196
Evaluation of Evidencep. 198
Developing Consensusp. 200
Conclusionsp. 201
The Aftermathp. 203
Public's Responsep. 204
Soul Searching by the Mass Mediap. 207
Insufficient Evidence: Weakness of the Prosecutionp. 211
Monetary Costsp. 214
Personal Lossesp. 215
The Children and Their Parentsp. 215
The Defendantsp. 217
Mary Ann Jacksonp. 217
Babette Spitlerp. 218
Peggy Ann Buckeyp. 219
Minister John D. Ealesp. 220
Jurorsp. 221
Societal Costsp. 222
The Criminal Justice Systemp. 222
Child Sexual Abuse Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Industriesp. 224
Conclusionsp. 228
The Second McMartin Trialp. 231
The Retrial Decisionp. 232
Was This a Valid Prosecution?p. 233
The Jury Selectionp. 234
Trialp. 234
Judicial Assignmentp. 235
Dismissal Requestp. 236
Dismissed Count--Refusal of Boy to Testifyp. 237
Plea Bargain Controversiesp. 237
Child Witnessesp. 239
Renewed Medical Testimonyp. 240
Kathleen MacFarlane and CIIp. 240
Michael Maloneyp. 241
Virginia McMartinp. 241
Babette Spitler and Her Childrenp. 242
Peggy McMartin Buckeyp. 242
Raymond Buckeyp. 242
Closing Argumentsp. 243
Judge's Instructions to the Juryp. 244
Jury Deliberationsp. 245
The Verdictsp. 246
Aftermath of the Second Trialp. 247
Parentsp. 247
Child Witnessesp. 248
Raymond Buckeyp. 248
The Publicp. 249
District Attorney Ira Reinerp. 249
Conclusionsp. 250
Constitutional Rights: Child Abuse Victims and Alleged Perpetratorsp. 253
Constitutional Questionsp. 255
Closed-Circuit TV Testimonyp. 256
Hearsay Evidencep. 259
Prosecutors' Abuse of Powerp. 260
Exonerating Evidencep. 261
Case Studies of Prosecutorial Misconductp. 262
Civil Rights Violationsp. 265
Reputations of Alleged Perpetratorsp. 267
Children and the Criminal Justice Processp. 268
The Mass Mediap. 269
Court Mechanisms to Limit the Effect of Prejudicial Materialsp. 270
Proactive Mechanisms in the McMartin Trialp. 270
Reactive Mechanisms in the McMartin Trialp. 272
Conclusionsp. 274
The Rights of Victims and Alleged Perpetrators Possible Recipe and Reformp. 277
Countersuitsp. 279
Virginia McMartin and Former Defendantsp. 279
Peggy Ann Buckeyp. 281
Peggy McMartin Buckey and Raymond Buckeyp. 282
Other Countersuitsp. 283
Recipe for Reformp. 285
Conclusionsp. 287
Epiloguep. 289
Since the Endp. 289
Government Abuse and Misconductp. 291
Heavy-Handed Prosecutorsp. 292
A Dismal Path Aheadp. 293
Fair Trial in Jeopardy--The O.J. Simpson Trial and L.A. District Attorney's Officep. 299
Conclusionsp. 304
Endnotesp. 307
Subject Indexp. 339
Name Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9780761819837
ISBN-10: 0761819835
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 28th June 2001
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.15 x 14.33  x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.51