Hearsay in abuse cases
In response to Paula Czech Lesmerises’s letter regarding corroborating evidence in sexual abuse cases (Monitor letters, March 3), I’d like to add some information. Yes, the state must prove their case. Yes, there is a forensic investigation. There has to be according to procedure. Yes, in most cases there is a valid reason for an allegation. But this does not always mean it’s true.
A fact in any case is there does not need to be physical evidence. If any child or teen or adult takes the stand and makes any statement of sexual assault, a jury will sympathize with that person and convict.
There are many people serving sentences who have taken pleas and many people who have been convicted of sexually assaulting a child maintained their innocence and are seeking appeals.
The truth is hearsay “is” admissible in New Hampshire courts and when it comes to the accuser’s word against the accused, the accuser wins hands down every time. I do, however, agree with Paula’s statement about a child’s voice and her statement about the negative effects, as a result of abuse, left in a child’s mind.
If you were to actually investigate the amount of cases involving hearsay without proof you would find a staggering number of convictions coinciding with many appeals.
(The writer is an inmate at the New Hampshire State Prison.)