Ethics In Criminal Justice
“Indictment: The McMartin Trial”
Movie Critique “Indictment: The Mcmartin Trial”
The movie we viewed in class showed a perfect example of how the legal system and court system could be unfair and unjust to the offender and the victim. The McMartin Preschool Abuse trial is one of the longest and most expensive criminal trials in American history, and should serve as a cautionary tale to other big trials such as this one. The Mcmartin trial left many children damaged, as well as ruined many careers of the preschool staff and changed their lives forever.
I think the main victim in this trial was Ray Buckey, who was the principal defendant in the trial and spent many years in jail awaiting trial due to the accusations of the children and the media that he sexualy molested the children in the preschool. I believe this trial was blown way out of proportion by the media and jurors at the trial. i think the jury and the media should of been more cautious. Every accusation of the children on the staff was misinterpreted and blown way out of proportion.
I think the expert testimony about the children showed how the expert could be biased and unprofessional at his job. I think it is the testimonies that made the trial blow way out of proportion and caused the accused to suffer. The experts at these testimonies would pressure the children into giving in and answering the questions exactly how the experts wanted them to despite the true feeling of the children. The children were pressured into lying and accusing the McMartin family of false actions. Judy Johnson who was a main witness at the trial accused the Mcmartin family of molesting her son and practicing satanic rituals, all of these accusations were later viewed as untrue due to the fact the accusations were unbelievably false and that she suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was a daily drinker and a alcoholic....
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