Outrageous Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse and Failure to Report Devastate Presumption of Innocence and Shift Burden of Proof
By: Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd and Paralegal Billy Sinclair
Contrary to the screaming media pundits, who have thrown the presumption of innocence out the window, we do not know if former Penn State defensive coordinator is guilty of the 40 child sexual abuse allegations leveled against him by a “Happy Valley” grand jury. We certainly do not presume his guilt. As a criminal defense law firm, we are deeply disturbed, although not surprised, that Sandusky has already been tried, convicted, and sentenced in the court of public opinion. The presumption of innocence and the right to a fair trial has been eroded into oblivion by the cable news networks, like former prosecutor and HLN’s guilt-announcing host Nancy Grace. We would caution the general public to remember the California McMartin “preschool” child sex abuse scandal that began with outrageous allegations of child sex abuse, three years of investigation and six years of trials which did not produce a single conviction, but ended with exposure an array of misconduct by the media covering the story, law enforcement investigators prosecutors who brought it to trial, the child victims and their parents.