I already have explained the situation that brought Det. Tim Deal to the stand in order to paper over the huge holes the prosecution created for itself when Suzi Thorne testified that after she had turned off the video camera in an interview with one of the children, she went to her office.
The child came up later, according to Thorne, and suddenly "disclosed" an alleged sexual abuse incident involving Tonya Craft. Thorne, who did not turn on the video camera or take notes, claimed that a detective was nearby, and yesterday, Deal claimed to have been the detective, and that the "incident" was in the notes the prosecution gave the defense.
Here is how the Times-Free Press describes Deal's testimony:
On Tuesday, Suzie Thorne, a former forensic interviewer at the GreenHouse Children's Advocacy Center in Dalton, Ga., testified that the girl had been even more explicit in another taped interview conducted about month after Ms. Long's.This is amazing. This is a prosecution that has managed -- with the overt help of Judge Brian House -- to keep out evidence that demonstrated that two of the mothers of the "victims" (Lord, give me a break here) lied on the witness stand. This is a prosecution that has taunted Ms. Craft when her own child was brought out to testify against her.
But Ms. Thorne acknowledged that the girl's detailed statements about what she said had happened between her and Ms. Craft were not on videotape, nor had Ms. Thorne written the statements down.
In an apparent effort to bolster Ms. Thorne's testimony, the prosecution called Catoosa County Sheriff's Office Detective Tim Deal, the lead investigator on the case, to the stand Wednesday. The detective testified that he was in the room with Ms. Thorne when the child made her detailed statement.
Prompted by Catoosa County Assistant District Attorney Len Gregor, the detective read part of his report of the incident, telling the jury he had written down the child's statement.
Mr. Gregor asked Detective Deal if he thought the defense attorneys were lying Tuesday when they said they hadn't received a copy of the detective's report. (emphasis mine)
"I don't know," Detective Deal said. "I would like to hope they were making a mistake."
This is a prosecution that has relied on "expert" witnesses who are anything but experts, including a lead "investigator" who does not even have a college degree nor any other credentials, not to mention that NONE of the "interviewers" ever read any of the available literature on their supposed profession. These "expert" witnesses are about as reliable as were Steven Hayne and Michael West when they testified in Mississippi and Louisiana before the curtain came down on their dishonest show.
This is a prosecution -- operating with the help of House -- that has made sure that witnesses for the prosecution and their supporters do not have to go through security at the Catoosa County Courthouse and, unlike everyone else including the media representatives, are permitted to bring in cell phones, food, reading material, and anything else they want. This is a prosecution that claimed not to have a piece of exculpatory evidence when asked by the defense for it, only to turn over this same piece of evidence at discovery.
Yes, this is a prosecution that asks a detective who clearly is lying under oath if the defense is lying. This speaks for itself.