John on July 31, 2007 at 1:35 am
State Attorney Barry Kirscher has truly become the Mike Nifong of Florida. It’s not enough that he’s a Democratic lapdog eager to prosecute well known Republicans including Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter for anything at hand while simultaneously sweeping serious allegations against billionaire child predator and Democratic donor Jeffrey Epstein under the rug. Krischer is also apparently plain incompetent. And now, because of his inability to make a case, a girl is dead:
If Jason Shenfeld had been charged with sexually assaulting two teenagers eight months ago, he would not be charged now with raping and killing another teen.
There are chilling similarities between what two women, ages 18 and 19, told investigators about Shenfeld in November and what investigators say he did to 18-year-old Amanda Buckley before strangling her to death nine days ago.
Miss Buckley, a star softball player and recent graduate of Palm Beach Gardens High School, was found dead July 20 in Shenfeld’s bedroom closet. She had been sexually assaulted, and there was duct tape in her hair. The women who accused Shenfeld of attacking them in November told investigators that he tied them with duct tape, tightened a belt around one’s neck and threatened to sic his pit bull on them if they did not perform sex acts.
Why did Palm Beach County State Attorney Barry Krischer refuse to charge Shenfeld then? “There were direct contradictions in testimony and evidence that simply would not support a direct prosecution,” state attorney spokesman Michael Edmondson said Friday. “A judge simply would have dismissed the case completely.”
According to records, deputies said that the two girls, kept apart at the hospital and interviewed separately, gave “very consistent” accounts of the incident and the order of occurrence. So, what changed?
Mr. Edmondson dismisses a wider view – that the prosecutor placed too much weight on unflattering details of the victims’ lifestyles – as a mere “emotional” response by laymen. “The prosecutor has to ethically be able to prove the case,” he said, “not win the case, but prove the case in court.”
In fact, Mr. Krischer’s handling of similar cases of sexual assault – on girls who were sexually active, drinking alcohol or using drugs, skipping school, out late at night – suggests a pattern of judging the choices of the victim over the actions of the suspect.
You don’t say! He’s been judging party affiliation for some time now.
After attorneys for Jeffrey Epstein, who was over 50 at the time, told prosecutors that some of the five teenagers he allegedly molested had chatted on myspace.com about drinking and smoking marijuana, the state attorney’s office took the unusual step of referring the case to a grand jury, instead of charging Mr. Epstein so he could face a trial. In that case, evidence taken from the part-time Palm Beacher’s home showed that he knew from a high school transcript and class schedules that the girls were underage.
Yeah, the attorney who twisted Krischer’s arm was none other than Alan Dershowitz. I wonder what it costs to get Alan to fly down to Florida and slime victims of statutory rape these days? Is it a standard fee or an hourly rate? Nice work you got there.
Florida can do a lot better than Barry “Nifong” Krischer. Time to show him the door.
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