Boston Herald

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

A scandal continues

Margaret A. Hagen
August 12, 2001 Sunday ; Pg. 026
The Boston Herald

The cynical manipulation by the Middlesex County prosecutor's office of the child witnesses against Gerald Amirault who are now young adults makes it depressingly clear that the office of prosecutor is intended by its occupants to serve their political ambitions and not the cause of justice ("Amirault victims come out of hiding to keep him jailed," Aug. 3). Martha Coakley and her cohorts and precursors know full well that children who were 3, 4 and 5 years old at the time of the Fells Acres trials some 15 years ago - 15 years filled with constant reassertions by prosecutors and parents of the validity of the original claims - do not, cannot and will not ever be able to have untainted memories of their experiences. Hauling these innocent young people out for a press conference was disgraceful.

These children were victims of politically ambitious and woefully ignorant prosecutors who chose to disregard the coercive interrogations by the inexperienced graduate student assigned to dig the "truth" out of the children, to ignore bizarre claims that defied all rationality (e.g. sodomy with lobsters and knives) and to close their eyes to the utter lack of substantiating physical evidence.

Margaret A. Hagen,
Department of Psychology
Boston University

Note: Hagen, Magaret A. 1997. Whores of the Court: The Fraud of Psychiatric Testimony & the Rape of American Justice. Regan Books-Imprint of Harper-Collins: San Francisco