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Falsely accused of spousal rape – 30 yrs.
Post by King Karan on Feb 13, 2006, 5:42pm

Michigan man lingers in prison on questionable rape conviction

William J. Hetherington has been incarcerated in Michigan prisons for more than 20 years for having sex with his wife Linda. In 1986, he became the first man in Genesee County convicted of the new Michigan crime called spousal rape. Linda was not a battered wife; she testified at the trial that he had never beaten her in their 16 years of marriage. Hetherington was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, received a National Defense Service Medal, and had no police record of any sort.

The sentencing guideline for this new offense was 12 months to 10 years. But, without showing cause, the judge sentenced him to 15 to 30 years (twice the time served by the average convicted rapist in Michigan). Twenty years later, despite an exemplary prison record, the parole board routinely refuses to parole him, giving as its sole reason “prisoner denies the offense.”

Hetherington has always maintained his innocence. It was a he-said-she-said case during a custody battle; he said it was consensual sex, she said it was rape. The judge used Michigan’s new Rape Shield Law to prohibit cross-examination of Linda.

No physical evidence of rape was produced at the trial. A pelvic examination of Linda at the hospital three hours after the alleged offense showed no evidence of injury or forced penetration. Apparently, what persuaded the jury to convict was the testimony of two police officers that they had observed tape marks on Linda’s face.

The court-designated psychologist who examined Hetherington, Harold S. Sommerschield, concluded: “This is not a man who would force himself sexually or hostilely on another individual, as this would be foreign to his personality dynamics. … his histrionic personality … would substantiate his explanation of what has occurred in regards to the relationship with his ex-wife.”

The rape charge was prosecuted simultaneously with the custody case, and the divorce court had frozen all Hetherington’s assets so he had no money to hire a lawyer or make bond. Nevertheless, the criminal court ruled that he was not indigent and refused to provide him with a lawyer.

For 12 years, the court refused to provide Hetherington with a transcript of the trial. Without funds, he was unable to buy one, so he was effectively denied his right of appeal, and no appeal has ever been heard on the substance of this case.

At the sentencing, prosecutor Robert Weiss called Hetherington’s alleged offense equivalent to “first-degree murder” and falsely accused him of beating Linda. Weiss was running for a judgeship. Observers sized up his prejudicial statements as grandstanding for support from feminists.

Linda walked away with custody of their three daughters, the marital home, and all marital assets.

Ten years after Hetherington’s conviction, a volunteer attorney, Jeff Feldman, using the Freedom of Information Act, obtained copies of five photographs taken of Linda by police at the alleged crime scene immediately after the alleged offense. The photographs were in a locker in a police garage. The prosecution had never disclosed them to the defense.

The photographs were then examined by a forensic photographer John Avlor in Miami using all modern techniques. Valor’s four-page notarized report detailed his impressive expertise, including service as the lead forensic photographer in the trial of serial killer Ted Bundy.

Valor’s sworn statement, dated Jan. 8, 1998, states that the pictures of Linda showed absolutely no scratches, tape marks or abnormalities of any kind, and that marks would have been clearly visible if there had been any. If a government witness gives false testimony a convicted prisoner should be entitled to a new trial. But Hetherington didn’t get one.

Years later, a completely unsolicited letter was sent to the parole board by Melissa Anne Suchy, who had been employed by Linda as a baby sitter. Suchy’s letter is hearsay but has the ring of authenticity.

Suchy wrote that Linda told her she made up the story about rape because she was then pregnant with the baby of her boyfriend. Linda said that her boyfriend pushed her to press rape charges, saying that she would have to “get rid of Hetherington or he wouldn’t take care of the baby.”

Over the years, several pro bono lawyers and concerned citizens have tried to secure a pardon or a parole for Hetherington, but Michigan appears determined to make him serve 30 years because he won’t admit guilt and because the bureaucracy won’t admit it made a mistake.

Almost everyone who reads the record of what happened to William Hetherington concludes that he was unjustly accused, unjustly convicted, unjustly sentenced, unjustly denied his due process and appeal rights, unjustly denied a new trial based on physical evidence of inaccurate testimony by government witnesses, and unjustly denied parole.

A man’s life has been sacrificed, and three children have been denied their father by malicious feminists who have lobbied for laws that punish spousal rape just like stranger rape and deny a man the right to cross-examine his accuser. They have created a judicial system where the woman must always be believed even though she has no evidence, one in which the man is always guilty.

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Re: Falsely accused of spousal rape – 30 yrs.
Post by InMichigan on Feb 13, 2006, 5:52pm

This is unbelievable. How can all these people live with themselves knowing this guy is innocent? Thank God for the internet so we can read these stories and try to protect ourselves from a similar outcome. Will we as men have to attach a camera to our bodies so we can a defense against possible rape or assault claims.
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Post by MagCitrate on Feb 13, 2006, 7:24pm

My head is about to explode after reading that.
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Post by chrisw79 on Feb 13, 2006, 7:53pm

This is deja vu for me. An entire city closed ranks against my family, rather than admit their case was totally false. People will do anything to avoid having to say, “I was wrong,” now. Destroying lives is nothing in that phony attempt-at-face-saving quest.
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Post by JimP on Feb 13, 2006, 11:08pm

OK, when they had the Child Abuse witch hunts (Amirault anyone?) at least you could stay the hell away from day care centers. But this really scares the shit out of me.

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Post by thor on Feb 14, 2006, 2:48am

I think all of us should write an email to the Governor of Michigan and demand to know why it is such an anti-male state and why they perpetrate such injustices. I have heard of several absurdly false rape accusations becoming convictions there. It may make a difference and at least give these politicians a sense of fear. They assume that for every letter received, at least ten others feel that way and didn’t write. Michigan is, after all, Catherine MacKinnon’s home state ( the Reinhard Heydrich of feminism!) It sounds like one fucked up state to live in. Their intransigence is no doubt partly about not having to pay the guy restitution for railroading him.
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Post by MC Larry on Feb 14, 2006, 3:08am

I absolutely could not imagine losing 30 years of my life to a vindictive woman.
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Post by Niall CBB on Feb 14, 2006, 6:47am

Email gone.

http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-21995-65331–,00.html
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Post by marylamb on Feb 14, 2006, 7:53am

30 years is far too lenient for that male pig. He should have learned when a woman says NO, she means NO!!
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Post by Niall CBB on Feb 14, 2006, 8:01am

Haven’t had any cock for years have we dear.

Never mind dear just take your meds plus the cat needs feeding…
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Post by thor on Feb 14, 2006, 8:19am

Marylamb,

you will soon learn the meaning of no when a man says it too. We are bigger, smarter, stronger, and fed up. Chivalry and tolerance of your childish, spoiled, and screeching sex has become untenable. Remember, you will always need men to subjugate other men. You can’t run society without us and we have decided that you are the expendable one. I look forward to the day when you are dragging logs through the snow in our Arctic gulag for feminists. That day will be here sooner than you think. Do you honestly think Margaret Atwood was only telling a Handmaid’s Tale? No. It will be reality soon. If you’re too ugly to be a comfort girl for our valiant boys fighting the Arab menace, then work is the only thing that will set you free :) .

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Post by thor on Feb 14, 2006, 8:21am

I just sent mine too. Let’s get with the program. Thanks for the link Niall. Remember, there but for the grace of God go we. Let’s walk the walk and make a small effort for a true victim of the matriarchy.
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Post by Thors Alterego on Feb 14, 2006, 8:28am

In fact, we should each send several emails.
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Post by MaryLamb on Feb 14, 2006, 9:24am

Feb 14, 2006, 8:19am, thor wrote:Marylamb,

you will soon learn the meaning of no when a man says it too. We are bigger, smarter, stronger, and fed up. Chivalry and tolerance of your childish, spoiled, and screeching sex has become untenable. Remember, you will always need men to subjugate other men. You can’t run society without us and we have decided that you are the expendable one. I look forward to the day when you are dragging logs through the snow in our Arctic gulag for feminists. That day will be here sooner than you think. Do you honestly think Margaret Atwood was only telling a Handmaid’s Tale? No. It will be reality soon. If your too ugly to be a comfort girl for our valiant boys fighting the Arab menace, then work is the only thing that will set you free :) .

You men will always think with your little head instead of your big head. It has always been that way, and will always be. You need us more than we need you. Once children can be produced via artificial means, we will have no use for you whatsoever. It has been proven we can do anything men can do – and do it better.
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Post by thor on Feb 14, 2006, 9:41am

Marylamb,

please elaborate. What exactly do you do better than us? From what I can tell, you’re better at watching TV and eating sweets. I have not seen anything useful at all come from women in the 50 years since you decided to start trying to subjugate us. If we start to use artificial wombs, just what value will uppity, ugly women hold for us? Might is right and we are stronger and smarter. How many modern conveniences and institutions that you damn us with today were invented by you? Who will protect you from the Islamists? You’re a foolish child who is throwing a temper tantrum and stamping her feet. I would be very afraid if I were you.
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Re: Falsely accused of spousal rape – 30 yrs.
Post by King Karan on Feb 14, 2006, 10:30am

thor: don’t waste your time with her. You can not un-brainwash her, life will do that as she crashes into reality. Let her learn the hard way about facts of life. These guys are coming and it ain’t gonna be me protecting her:

http://www.glumbert.com/media/rave.html

Once you make a decision to MGTOW, the Mary Lambs become non-existent. There are multitude of more important things in life than catering to the tantrums of psychologically damaged women. A more important thing for example is to focus attention on providing justice, and helping wronged people.

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Post by PassingBy on Feb 14, 2006, 11:09am

Another case of “buyers remorse”.

This article is an excellent reason not only to not marry (especially in Michigan), but to be celibate and abstain from sex period. There are other such tales of this ‘buyers remorse’, and I’m not looking to become a statistic…

And what’s going on in that video? I doubt it was in English, and I didn’t feel like plugging my headphones in anyway, but what were they going on about?
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Post by thor on Feb 14, 2006, 11:23am

King:

you’re right, but it felt good to say it. :)
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Post by travis on Feb 14, 2006, 1:43pm

“Once children can be produced via artificial means, we will have no use for you whatsoever. It has been proven we can do anything men can do – and do it better.” ~MaryLamb

LMAO! We won’t have any use for you either! In fact the advantage we’ll have over y’all is that we can create a boy or a girl because we possess both the X and Y chromosome. When the artificial womb does get created, men will in fact do anything women can do, and as you said already, “and do it better.”
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Post by InMichigan on Feb 14, 2006, 4:23pm

“LMAO! We won’t have any use for you either! In fact the advantage we’ll have over y’all is that we can create a boy or a girl because we possess both the X and Y chromosome. When the artificial womb does get created, men will in fact do anything women can do, and as you said already, “and do it better.”

Her Feminazi class told her that women invented 90% of the products today, not men. Of course Feminists studies does tend to be non-fiction. Society would last as long under women until the first oil change.
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Post by Lydia1 on Feb 15, 2006, 12:13pm

Some innocent fellow- served his country, earned a medal- goes home to his wife and has sex with her. His wife! He has sex with his wife, which is what married people are supposed to do. And then he goes to jail for 20 years. This makes me feel ill.
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