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Thursday, May 26, 2011
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I've found it makes a big difference if I use 'anonymous',yes.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful story!! See the benefits of bringing in an explurt witness. How I longed for one as I battled with a room full of men, trying to get them to understand how a 6 year old child could be abused for 2 years with no one realising what was going on. In the end, though, with no explurt witness, we did get a good result, but it was a long, painful process. It was the defendant's lying on the stand that really brought him down.ReplyDelete
Pity Stern Hu didn't have you as an expert witness.
I'm not so sure Hu would have benefited, Joan, as it would have been pretty much a done deal before he stood up in the courtroom! I'd surely face a US court a hundred times than one Chinese one, which isn't to say the Chinese don't get it right. Re your battle over child abuse, things have changed to some extent, though sadly the law can be misused both ways. I'm not sure how much it was understood that I was trying to use the location of the US Embassy as a metaphor as well as a fact, but something seems to have got the message across. PS When you said " It was the defendant's lying on the stand that really brought him down" I thought for a minute that he must have been engaging in a pre-planking form of planking!ReplyDelete
Yes, you're right about Hu. He was the fall guy, and I notice he's not appealing the sentence.ReplyDelete
Yes, things have changed re child abuse. At least now it's recognised that it does go on. Of course the "false memory syndrome" gets a lot more publicity than the wider reality, except when it suits the Federal Government just before an election.
I haven't been able to discover what sentence the planker got. I've been chasing it all over the district court system, from one court house to the next. I'm now trying Paramatta, but have been unable to get on. I feel sorry for his mother, who would have had to get leave from Armidale Hospital in order to sit in the court room at least 5 times now, none of them in Armidale, waiting for a sentence. I feel very sorry for her in all this.