We also believe in the same justice system that Judge Skeen praised to jurors in the Dennis Pittman case.
In this type of case they make them on their hearts or fear. I'm very relieved. The case began to unravel. Cantrell was determined to transform what many in the local criminal defense bar have come to believe were child sexual fantasies transformed into reality. Defense attorney Jason Cassel who represents Dennis Pittman had the advantage of watching the first three trials unfold, and the benefit of the appeals court ruling rebuking the legendary trial judge, before his client had to face trial.
He had a firm defense strategy in mind: he was going after Margie Cantrell. Not very much. Cassel then informed the court that the notes referenced the August interviews.
Still, they should have all the evidence. Margaret and John Cantrell took three swinger from the sex ring, known as the "Mineola Swingers Club," into their care back in Copyright KLTV.
Kemp responded swiners was. I love him. The judge refused to let Lindberg testify. Judge Skeen is a great guy. Hall reported that DA Bingham had enough.
Longtime and highly respected Tyler defense attorney Bobby Minekla told Hall that the Clug informed the Judge Skeen in the wake of the Cassel revelations that he wanted to recuse his office because of ethical implications involved with the withholding of favorable evidence. In the case, seven people were accused of forcing four children to perform sexual acts at a Mineola club. It took his jurors less than two hours to convict him.
As a matter of fact, the Vlub developed such a close working relationship with the foster mom that, according to Michael Hall, he let Cantrell take over the interview sessions with her own questions. Eventually, Sheryl, Harlan and Callie began talking about a sex kindergarten and club involving various family members and their families.
And, finally, there are the five alleged child sexual abuse victims whose testimony alone—without any physical evidence or adult witness corroboration—produced the four convictions in this case. She said Tuesday's decision could be the start of clearing the names of all involved in the Mineola Swingers case. The State called Sergeant Kemp, Margie Cantrell, and CPS workers to bolster the testimony of the four girls and one boy who said they had been sexually abused by family members and friends.
Three of the defendantsMayo, Pittman and Kelly, were convicted in while a fourth defendant, Dennis Pittmanwas convicted last month. The seventh is currently serving a life sentence in prison. It seemed like smooth sailing for DA Bingham and Judge Skeen until defense attorneys involved in the case learned that Texas CPS officials had withheld documents showing numerous complaints of abuse and neglect filed against the Cantrells.
Davidson said he believes some of the dealings that went on swinters the Smith County trial resulted in false convictions in this case. However, six of the defendants ended the appeals process by accepting a plea agreement. The third defendant, Patrick Kelly, at least created a little more doubt with his jury.
Judge Skeen has guaranteed as much. Hall reported the jury foreman was wiping away tears when the little boy testified and other jurors were brought to tears when one of the girl witnesses cried as she described being forced to play doctor with her brother. Swingees children from that case were placed within the Cantrell's foster home. They all resided in a local trailer park, most had criminal histories, and all had been accused of some form of meth or drug use.
He was so generous during his videotaped interviews of the alleged child victims that he let Cantrell sit in on the sessions.
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I'm still heartbroken. But far too often mineoola tragedies are man-made, particularly in our criminal justice system. DA Bingham faces not only two more untried defendants but must decide whether to retry Mayo and Pittman—and before all is said and done, he will face decisions about whether to retry Patrick Kelly and Dennis Pittman as well because their convictions will also be reversed. Cassel was prevented from doing that. Lindberg is an expert in the study of how false memories can be suggested to young children.
At mieola pretrial hearing Cassel, said Hall, held up the notes and asked Kemp if it was his writing.
Does it make sense? This is their day for justice. That conviction continues to be upheld by the appellate court. Although no testimony was heard in Tuesday's hearing, the attorney said statements made in a CPS affidavit are so strong that it proves his client was innocent.
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I believe these people are innocent. The seventh defendant did go back to trial. But now, at least one of those victims is accusing the family of abuse, causing CPS to step in and remove all four foster children in their care last week. All rights reserved. Judge Skeen then instructed them to return to deliberate the punishment. That is something defense attorney That Davidson, who represented another man in that case, agrees with as well.
The Cantrells will have another hearing on the current allegations in December. Six of the accused pleaded guilty to injury to charges.
The first two defendants to face trial were Shauntel Mayo and Jamie Pittman. He tried to throw in the towel on the case.
They were never in that swingers club. Even more ificantly, Cassel established that Kemp lied during the first trials about two interviews he had conducted with two children on August 17, Thankfully the appeals court system exists to protect criminal defendants from judges who get so emotionally and personally involved in swinbers that they deny those defendants the fundamental opportunity to present a defense.