Presidential Hypocrisy? Lives Shattered by a (False) Allegation?
FEB 12, 2018 — Lives Shattered by a (False) Allegation? by Phil Locke | Wrongful Conviction blog posted 2/10/18
“Presidential Hyprocrisy”? Phil Locke: “All I can say about this is: “Well, Mr. President, I suggest you take a very hard look at the sex offender registry, because this – lives shattered by a false accusation – is something that our (your) justice system is very good at.” Just ask Brian Banks, or Courtney Bisbee, or any of the countless others. I’ve written about many of them on this blog.”
Today marks 14 years since Courtney Bisbee was falsely accused and arrested without an arrest warrant at her Scottsdale home in a quiet upscale family neighborhood, on February 11, 2004.
In 2006, she was convicted and sentenced to 11 years flat time, under then-DA/Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his chief “charging” prosecutor, ex-DCA Lisa Aubuchon (both disbarred 2012 for abuse of power). 19 months parole and lifetime sex offender registry were added to her completed 11 year sentence, in this “he said, she said” case of an alleged sexual “touching” incident.
After the detective’s interrogation, the Scottsdale police gave a false statement, wrapped in quote marks stating the alleged incident was “consensual”, and gave it to the media/internet for the standard “guilty-by-media” verdict ignoring established inter-agency and police protocol for investigation. There was a rush to judgement, with no presumption of innocence or due process. No evidence.
In her post conviction relief, Courtney Bisbee’s “new” evidence, an affidavit by the older brother and the prosecutor’s star witness, recanted and said this was a scam by his mother for money to sue the school district. The affidavits, exculpatory evidence, and declarations by renown experts were never heard in a state court at an Evidentiary hearing which in a fair and just system should have taken place.
In 2012, Courtney filed her ‘actual innocence” Habeas in federal court, U.S. District Court of Arizona. In 2015, a two-day Evidentiary hearing was ordered by the federal Magistrate Judge, but it was slammed shut by the state, after they filed two Emergency motions to vacate the hearing scheduled for March 2016. Were they afraid of the truth? People asked why an Evidentiary hearing of the new evidence and exculpatory evidence was never heard in state court and what does this say about Arizona’s justice system?
False allegations, lead to wrongful convictions and wrongful imprisonment that destroy innocent lives, families and negatively impact society, while wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars. A looming crisis in the justice system, which has been swept under the rug.
Today, there are over 2,169 exonerations of innocent men and women. Study the data in the The National Registry of Exonerations: http://bit.ly/2BotS3l All should be concerned about the high percentage rate of official misconduct; perjury and false allegations in the wrongful convictions of innocent people.
What would you do if this was your daughter or son?