Sexual Assault Defendant Found Not Gu...

Sexual Assault Defendant Found Not Guilty, First Case Surrounding Forensic Nurse's Disputed Findings

There are 17 comments on the WICU 12 story from Jan 12, 2011, titled Sexual Assault Defendant Found Not Guilty, First Case Surrounding Forensic Nurse's Disputed Findings. In it, WICU 12 reports that:

Not guilty, that's the verdict in the case against the Erie man, accused of raping a 3 year old girl.

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Since: Aug 10

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#1 Jan 13, 2011
What a sad day for our "justice" system. How can a case go forward without the main evidence? Why must a 3 year old child pay a price for something the nurse did? This is so wrong! Why couldn't a legitamate forensic person review her findings and make a determination? Sad, very, very sad.
Observer1

Erie, PA

#2 Jan 13, 2011
The prosecution would have done that if it were possible. Any physical signs on the child would likely have disappeared some time ago, and possibly the photos which Henderson took were inconclusive to other pathologists. Maybe the guy is actually innocent.
perp popper

Cincinnati, OH

#3 Jan 13, 2011
Observer1 wrote:
TMaybe the guy is actually innocent.
That's what all you perps say.
CRANK

Erie, PA

#4 Jan 13, 2011
Hope G wrote:
What a sad day for our "justice" system. How can a case go forward without the main evidence? Why must a 3 year old child pay a price for something the nurse did? This is so wrong! Why couldn't a legitamate forensic person review her findings and make a determination? Sad, very, very sad.
Perhaps one reason is that a "legitimate forensic" provider might have become a scape goat for why Henderson was used for so long after questions arose about her.
There never has been an explanation for why one provider wasn't being used at all immediately after Faulk's death, and Henderson used almost exclusively for months. In fact the question isn't being asked.
Why is that? Because Henderson would give the police and ADA any finding they wanted?
shame

Erie, PA

#5 Jan 13, 2011
now will st. vincents be sued since she was working for them at the time? why isnt she in jail?

Since: Aug 10

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#6 Jan 13, 2011
CRANK wrote:
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Perhaps one reason is that a "legitimate forensic" provider might have become a scape goat for why Henderson was used for so long after questions arose about her.
There never has been an explanation for why one provider wasn't being used at all immediately after Faulk's death, and Henderson used almost exclusively for months. In fact the question isn't being asked.
Why is that? Because Henderson would give the police and ADA any finding they wanted?
But this case shouldn't be about the forensic provider and a scape goat, right? A jury should not know anything about that part, should they?(I am not fighting with you just asking a question)
CRANK

Erie, PA

#7 Jan 14, 2011
Hope G wrote:
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But this case shouldn't be about the forensic provider and a scape goat, right? A jury should not know anything about that part, should they?(I am not fighting with you just asking a question)
Yes the jury should know. When you testify in a court case you are asked to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Not 50% of the truth. Today's juries often hear less than half of the true and complete story from which they must then make a decision, that often is less than informed. We have so bastardized our system of justice that it often doesn't provide justice anymore, for anyone. Its all about the contest between lawyers, overseen in many cases by judges motivated to be a judge because they couldn't sustain their wanted lifestyle on what they could earn as a lawyer. Justice prevailing in today's courts is purely a matter of luck.
Joe K

Erie, PA

#8 Jan 14, 2011
According to available information the D.A.'s office was aware of problems surrounding Henderson for nearly a decade. Why then, was this tolerated considering the consequences?

Since: Aug 10

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#9 Jan 14, 2011
CRANK wrote:
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Yes the jury should know. When you testify in a court case you are asked to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Not 50% of the truth. Today's juries often hear less than half of the true and complete story from which they must then make a decision, that often is less than informed. We have so bastardized our system of justice that it often doesn't provide justice anymore, for anyone. Its all about the contest between lawyers, overseen in many cases by judges motivated to be a judge because they couldn't sustain their wanted lifestyle on what they could earn as a lawyer. Justice prevailing in today's courts is purely a matter of luck.
I agree with so much you posted here. It has become just a fight between lawyers and who has the most wins instead of "justice". I know this first hand. I have learned that there is no real justice anymore. I have also learned that when a certian Judge says he is going to do something I shouldn't put my trust in him that he will follow through.

But this isn't about me it is about this poor 3 year old and her injustice. I pray that her family handles this better than the court system and she gets the support and guidance she will need to help her with the tragic memories she might have.
CRANK

Erie, PA

#10 Jan 14, 2011
Hope G wrote:
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I agree with so much you posted here. It has become just a fight between lawyers and who has the most wins instead of "justice". I know this first hand. I have learned that there is no real justice anymore. I have also learned that when a certian Judge says he is going to do something I shouldn't put my trust in him that he will follow through.
But this isn't about me it is about this poor 3 year old and her injustice. I pray that her family handles this better than the court system and she gets the support and guidance she will need to help her with the tragic memories she might have.
She may, or may not have been victimized by the person on trail. We probably will never know. But she surely was victimized by the system. We get caught up on the "its for the children" mentality to the point that short cuts are taken, and I think that is what happened here. Anyone accused was assumed guilty, and the system got to "producing" evidence to support the assumption. Divorce proceedings, and the resulting custody battles, became breeding grounds for false claims of abuse. So you had falsely accused abusers being charged with false findings (because its for the kids) while at the same time you had examples of the actually guilty going free. It certainly doesn't instill confidence in anyone. The result has unfortunately been a reluctance of some truly abused to come forward. And in any case, the follow through to actually address the child's resulting emotional problems is not there. Places like the CAC are all about enforcement, not about helping the child. How many of these kids go through the system, multiple times, never receiving the support they need, not the education on how to avoid and manage those situations. It all about the contest. Winners and losers in court. Not the kids. Its an absolute shame, and I have no idea how you get the public to recognize the need for the system to change.
Faavre

Erie, PA

#11 Jan 14, 2011
What about the prosecutors role in all of this? Why are they not being prosecuted for submitting on bogus informtion that they told this person to tesitfy to?
CRANK

Erie, PA

#12 Jan 14, 2011
Faavre wrote:
What about the prosecutors role in all of this? Why are they not being prosecuted for submitting on bogus informtion that they told this person to tesitfy to?
Probably because the "system" protects its own until overwhelmed by public opinion, which so far in this case, hasn't happened.

Since: Feb 10

Erie, PA

#13 Jan 14, 2011
Faavre wrote:
What about the prosecutors role in all of this? Why are they not being prosecuted for submitting on bogus informtion that they told this person to tesitfy to?
Maybe because the prosecutor doesn't know for sure, and relies on experts to tell him or her whether abuse happened.
Befuddled

Erie, PA

#14 Jan 14, 2011
ErieRealist wrote:
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Maybe because the prosecutor doesn't know for sure, and relies on experts to tell him or her whether abuse happened.
The ones that I heard about just seemed concerned about their own won loss records and not the truth. Is that what is going on in the DA office now?
Mrs Earll

Erie, PA

#15 Jan 17, 2011
is a terrible DA, that's what's going on. Judges hand him his job, his staff hates him, he runs around as though he's somebody, and he'll be in for the shock of his life when he finds out who's opposing him, and who will beat this childless henpecked wife ... er, husband of fortune. People detest Mr. Earll, too, and I mean the senator.
Not Right

Erie, PA

#16 Jan 17, 2011
I think the prosectors especially the two or three lady prosecutors who used this nurse should be interviewed by the FBI in order to determine if they violated the defendants civil rights. Or are they being protected because of family connections or how much money they have and want to become a judge very shortly. This reeks of a cover up. I think a investigation by the civil rights division should be convened ASAP!
Justiceforall

West Memphis, AR

#17 Mar 7, 2013
Good day to see an innocent man maintain that status.

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