One of the worst episodes of prosecution witness testimony in the Tonya Craft trial came when Holly "Thumbs Up" Kittle took the stand. Kittle proceeded to proudly note that she could not recall any relevant literature to her profession (she claimed to read stuff, but could not remember any titles or information, which is more proof that she needed to take Joal Henke's "recovered memories" course).
Furthermore, Kittle rolled her eyes, shrugged her shoulders, and laughed out loud at the questions from attorney Demosthenese Lorandos, demonstrating once more that the "professionals" at the local Children's Advocacy Center act like spoiled children when testifying in front of jurors. In fact, it got so bad that Dr. Lorandos finally asked Kittle if the trial was "funny." If one wanted to see the combination of dishonesty, incompetence, and arrogance, then Holly Kittle was the Main Attraction.
As readers remember, Kittle, who was an anthropology major at my alma mater, the University of Tennessee, worked with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's "mobile crime lab" before its operations were suspended. If the GBI lab "team" was as dishonest as what has been exposed in North Carolina, then I suspect that Kittle received a good education in learning how to cook results for prosecutors.
You see, Holly Kittle is a good soldier for prosecutors, and whatever the prosecutors want from Kittle, they get it. Furthermore, Kittle is one of those people who believes that the Prosecution Always Is Right, and that anything one can do to push the prosecution's case -- no matter how dishonest or flimsy it might be -- is to be doing the Lord's work.
In my conversation with Ione Sells, she told me that Kittle and the others "interviewers" at the CAC in Fort Oglethorpe were superior to Dr. William Bernet and Dr. Nancy Aldridge because the CAC people always testify for the prosecution. When I asked about Dr. Aldridge testify for the prosecution many more times than she had for the defense, Sells spat out, "Oh, she hasn't testified for the prosecution since 2007."
That is interesting, and while I have not spoken to Dr. Aldridge about Sells' comments, my sense is that prosecutors don't want Dr. Aldridge on the stand because she actually tells the truth, and no self-respecting Georgia prosecutor these days wants anything to do with truth. If Dr. Aldridge and Dr. Bernet won't lie on the stand or act like the CAC clowns, then prosecutors don't want them. Don't kid yourself, people; it has come to that.
So, Kittle actually believes herself to be morally and professionally superior to people who literally have "written the book" on child forensic interviewing. (Her good Facebook friends Chris A. Arnt and Len Gregor both called Dr. Aldridge and Dr. Bernet "whores," and Sells told me she agreed with that assessment. Thus, I would surmise that Kittle agrees with it, too.)
As I see it, Holly Kittle is to forensic interviewing what Michael West is to forensic dentistry and Steven Hayne is to forensic pathology. As Radley Balko has so eloquently put it, these men will tell prosecutors whatever they want to hear, no matter how dishonest or implausible their accounts, and Kittle, likewise, will tell prosecutors whatever they want to hear.
As for Kittle, there is more. (I'll cover a number of instances of her incompetence and downright dishonesty in my next post on her.) She runs a photography business and posts a number of pictures she has taken on the Internet. In looking through her photos (which, frankly, are not high-quality compared to the photographer who has taken photographs of my grandchildren), two things struck me.
First, she has a number of pictures taken at an adoption party. As one who has adopted three children, I can tell you the joy of the "got'cha day" and the realization that our family in a very small way has made a difference in the lives of children who faced a grim future otherwise.
However, as I looked at those pictures, I remembered that Kittle is the main CAC "expert" (Lord, what a misuse of THAT term) witness in the upcoming trial of James Combs. Mr. Combs and his wife adopted a girl from Russia and a girl from Romania (and they have two birth children), which means that they also had their "got'cha" days. Furthermore, Mr. Combs, who served in the U.S. Armed Forces for 24 years, in order to be able to adopt any children, had to go through a number of examinations by law enforcement agencies from local police to the FBI to Interpol. (I have been through the same procedures and am quite familiar with them.)
Kittle, who has no children of her own, is trying to destroy Mr. Combs and his family by wanting to convince a jury that Mr. Combs is a child molester. It's funny that there never were any issues like that in Mr. Combs' life -- none -- and then one day, working as a substitute teacher at Boynton School in Catoosa County, he sends two boys to the principal's office and suddenly, they claim he molested them. This does not pass any smell test, but since the stench at the CAC and the LMJC already is overwhelming, people like Kittle and Sells are incapable of smelling anything but their own stink, which they then attribute to others.
Second, as I looked farther down the list, I saw that Kittle had taken a picture of a naked newborn being weighed on a scale right after birth. Given what I know about how the LMJC lackeys work, had a picture like this been in possession of either Mr. Combs or Tonya Craft, Kittle and others like Tim Deal would have claimed that these people were possessing child pornography.
I kid you not. That is how these individuals work when they are trying to frame innocent people.
So, Kittle feels free to take pictures of children, but if someone she and her other prosecution prostitutes were targeting someone for false charges had the same pictures in their possession, Kittle, Deal and others were make the "child pornography" accusations and present the photos as "proof" that they were dealing with a child molester.
Don't forget that Kittle works closely with people who have suborned perjury, committed perjury, forged documents, lied to jurors, hidden exculpatory evidence, and have proven themselves to be utterly dishonest and incompetent in dealing with the issue of child molestation. And this is the CAC prosecution "expert" who will be on the stand in the James Combs trial, trying to convince jurors that this family man and a person who has served his country honorably should go to prison for what clearly are trumped-up charges.
Kittle advertises on the Christians in Business website. She also likes to have Bible versus on her own photography site. I would suggest that perhaps she include the Ninth Commandment next time.
(In my next post on Kittle, I will explain just how dishonest and incompetent Kittle was when she interviewed Sandra Lamb's daughter in the Tonya Craft case.)