Mr. Slanderson,The point that Kittle's supporters are making if this: if someone is accused of being a child molester, then the person is automatically guilty and anyone who disagrees is doing so because that person also is a child molester. This is what passes for "law and justice" in Kittleworld.
You continue to be both judge and jury for those invovled (sic) in these cases. You talk about the Bible as if you may know it but you tend to judge others more than any other person I have had the displeasure of listening rant their nonsense. You have found your 15 minutes of fame and are now running with it acting as your (sic) are the swift justice to save North Georgia and all "innocent" child molesters (because your logic seems to believe their [sic] is no such thing as child molestation, maybe you are a child molester and thats (sic) why you have this strong view on the topic, yet I feel you have crossed a line with your latest blog. I hope God judges you as harshly as you judge others.
(Important: I have concentrated on three child molestation cases in the LMJC, Tonya Craft, James Combs, and Brad Wade, even though there have been others. The reason is twofold: first, I cannot deal with every case, and, second, I believe that some of the other cases are legitimate. The ones I have emphasized have featured either contradictory or utterly implausible testimony, prosecution-suborned perjury, "expert" prosecution witnesses who should not be permitted inside a courtroom, and misconduct by prosecutors and judges. Unfortunately, Kittle's supporters have translated that into my being a child molester.)
The question is this: Why am I featuring Kittle and why am I speaking out so harshly against her? My sense is that Kittle and her friends believe I am treating her unjustly, but in this situation, justice seems to be in the eye of the beholder. I believe strongly that Kittle's behavior during her cross-examination in during the Tonya Craft trial reflected both ignorance of how her job should be carried out and arrogance that she seemed to believe that no one ever should question her.
Furthermore, by publicly approving the comments in Chris Arnt's Facebook forum when he attacked Tonya Craft and her defense, Kittle not only acted unprofessionally but also was guilty of misconduct for someone in her line of work. That she was nasty, arrogant, and haughty during her testimony only confirms to me that Kittle, like so many others in the LMJC, believes that the law only applies to those who are not part of the "injustice" system. In a real court of law, she would not be permitted to testify at all, at least as an "expert."
Why do I believe her to be incompetent? First, as I will point out in this post, her interview with Sandra Lamb's daughter on, quite appropriately, April Fool's Day, 2009, violated all standards of forensic interviewing and NEVER should have been entered into evidence as "proof" that Tonya Craft had molested anyone.
Second, Kittle admitted during her testimony that she did not keep current on literature, and then later told Arnt (on re-direct) that she had been reading up-to-date materials. However, when asked by Dr. Demosthenes Lorandos the titles of what she supposedly had been reading, Kittle had no recollection. This is not someone who actually is trying to find the truth; this is someone who believes her job is to try to fix a case for the prosecution, and people like that have no problem with fudging the truth or even outright lying (since they know they won't be charged with perjury).
For the sake of length, I will not include the transcript of Kittle's interview with Lamb's daughter, but it is available here, and the interview and the comments that I wrote afterward (with help from an experienced analyst not connected with the Craft case) put the whole thing into perspective.
What the child told Kittle was absolutely preposterous, yet Kittle was all ears. However, I did not point out in that article that Kittle violated an important protocol in the forensic interviewing of young children: she left the room during the interview, not once, but twice.
In the Chattanoogan's account of Kittle's testimony, we have this gem:
The young child, six years old at the time of the alleged incident, told the interviewer that Ms. Craft had inserted all of her fingers in her ‘privates’ and one finger in her rear. The defense would later question the physical possibilities of this happening. The witness told the defense counsel that she had never considered that possibility. (Emphasis mine)So, here is an "expert" who never considers the possibility that a "hand rape" such as what was described was even physically possible, and if it actually happened, why there was not severe damage to the child's private parts. Instead, Kittle acted like a stenographer while claiming to be a well-trained "forensic interviewer."
Likewise, I suppose that when Kittle interviewed the two boys who are claiming that Mr. Combs molested them in a classroom, it never occurred to her that since the room was full of children, perhaps others might have witnessed such a scene. Why didn't a bunch of children come forward? While I don't have access to the transcript of that interview, nonetheless I have no doubt that Kittle was both incompetent and dishonest, seeing her job as helping Buzz Franklin's office railroad Mr. Combs into prison.
After the trial, Kittle gave an interview to WDEF-TV that demonstrated her own arrogance:
Holly Kittle says, "I do not go into an interview searching for anything. In fact, I go into an interview hoping that this has not happened."So, even to QUESTION what clearly was a sub-standard "forensic interview" was to personally attack Kittle. Yet, in doing research for an article on the Craft case, Kittle's interview stood out (as did the rest of the CAC interviews, including those by Stacy Long and Suzi Thorne) as how NOT to interview children.
Holly Kittle is a forensic interviewer for the Children's Advocacy Center and interviewed one of Tonya Craft's accusers about a year after the allegations came out.
She says she's trained to the Children's Advocacy of Georgia standards. Kittle says she asks the kids open ended questions, not leading or suggestive ones like Craft's defense suggested.
Kittle says, "I felt like I was personally attacked, but my interview and my job was minimally attacked."
Kittle says she keeps and open mind and even looks into an alternative hypothesis.
Kittle says, "I know how to do my job, and I know that I was trained to do my job, and I do my job to the best of my ability."
Believe it or not, I am not motivated by a personal animosity toward Holly Kittle, although I will say openly I have nothing but contempt for her and her CAC and LMJC colleagues. Instead, I am attacking the quality of her work and the fact that she is part of a machine that seeks to destroy people who clearly are innocent of the crimes of which they are accused.
Kittle, because of her job, has the power to help destroy innocent lives. However, I get the sense that she really enjoys the influence and "prestige" that being a "forensic interviewer" brings. Because the consequences of destroying innocent lives are so great, I believe that someone must speak out when people like Kittle are acting in an unprofessional and haughty manner and promoting false testimony instead of the truth. That is what I am doing, and I don't care if some people in North Georgia don't like it.