MO--Admitted child molester gets off scot-free
For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 27
A news outlet reports that a “confessed child rapist Aaron Michael Fisher of Jefferson City, Missouri was able to walk free last week after delaying his trial for years, then suing for dismissal of his case on the grounds that he could not get a speedy trial.”
If true, this outrageous move must be reversed. For far too long, and in far too many cases, shrewd child predators exploit legal loopholes and evade punishment for heinous crimes. We call on judges to stop bending over backwards and giving delay after delay to accused and admitted child molesters.
We applaud Prosecutor Ben Winfrey for trying to appeal Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce’s irresponsible decision to free Fisher. However it happened and no matter who’s at fault, Joyce’s ruling puts kids in harm’s way and cannot stand.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, email@example.com)
Man who raped infant daughter walks free — and all he had to do was run out the clock
David Ferguson, 26 Oct 2015 at 12:13 ET, RawStory.com
A former prosecutor claims that confessed child rapist Aaron Michael Fisher of Jefferson City, Missouri was able to walk free last week after delaying his trial for years, then suing for dismissal of his case on the grounds that he could not get a speedy trial.
According to LakeExpo.com, Fisher was released on Oct. 23 after Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce sustained a motion to dismiss the case against him on the grounds that his constitutional right to a speedy trial had been abridged. Fisher was charged with . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
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