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Texas Argues Death Penalty For Child Rapists

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/yahoolatestnews/stories/041708dnnatscotus.6c5b97cf.html?npc
 
U.S. Supreme Court to hear Texas argue death penalty for child rapists
08:39 AM CDT on Wednesday, April 16, 2008
By BRENDAN MCKENNA / The Dallas Morning News
bmckenna@dallasnews.com
 
WASHINGTON — Texas says sometimes the sexual assault of a child can be so violent or obscene that the only appropriate punishment is to execute the offender.
 
And Wednesday, Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz will make that case to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that state legislatures have the constitutional right to allow the death penalty for child rapists.
 
The case before the court, Kennedy vs. Louisiana, concerns a Louisiana law and the case of a Jefferson Parrish, La., man convicted of raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter. But striking down that law could call into question Texas’ 2007 “Jessica’s Law,” which allows the execution of certain repeat child sex offenders.
 
The Supreme Court ruled 30 years ago that death was an excessive penalty for the aggravated rape of a 16 year-old girl. But Mr. Cruz said that decision implicitly left open the door for capital punishment for the rape of children in referring to that victim as an adult.
“The damage inflicted on this 8-year-old girl … will remain with her every day of her life,” Mr. Cruz said. “The Constitution does not prohibit elected legislatures from making the determination that the most egregious forms of child rape should permit the jury to impose the most serious sentence.”
 
But the prospect of capital punishment could lead to fewer abuses being reported because most child sexual abuse is committed by someone known to and even loved by the victims, said Judy Benitez, executive director of Louisiana Federation Against Sexual Assault. The group is leading a coalition of victims groups opposed to applying the death penalty for child rapes, including the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault.
 
“These are extremely manipulative people,” she said. “They say to the child, ‘If you tell, you’re going to make the police come and take me away, and then how is Mom going to pay the bills.’ They put it very much on the child.”
 
The groups also argue that if the death penalty can be imposed for child rape, it could make some offenders more likely to kill their victims to prevent them from testifying, she said.
Aside from the moral arguments, David Bruck, executive director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at Washington and Lee Law School, said Mr. Cruz and the lawyers for Louisiana face serious legal hurdles.
 
“The Supreme Court doesn’t take very many easy cases, but this should be one,” he said. “The rape of a child is not the same as killing a child, that’s basically what the court said [in 1977]. … Horrible as the crime is, it is not equivalent.”
 
Mr. Bruck said the court could strike down the Louisiana law and leave Texas’ statute intact because it more narrowly restricts cases in which the death penalty could apply. A ruling is expected later this year.
 
Arguments for and against allowing the execution of those who sexually assault children:
AGAINST
Execution is “cruel and unusual punishment” when applied to child rape cases because the Supreme Court already ruled that it is excessive in rape cases when the victim was not also killed.
 
Executions for child rape mean the penalties for rape and murder are the same so an offender may be more likely to kill a victim.
 
Executing child rapists may make it more likely for some child sexual abuse to go unreported.
 
Louisiana’s law, the subject of the case being argued today, is too broad because it could apply to any rape of a child under 12, not just the most egregious.
 
FOR:

 Execution is not necessarily barred by previous rulings as excessive for all rape cases, merely for the rape of an adult woman.
 
Violent rape of a child is particularly egregious and shows “a degree of manifest evil, that is qualitatively” different from other rapes.
 
Society’s moral standards are evolving to recognize the horror and damage caused by child rape and impose stricter punishments on perpetrators.
 
Louisiana’s aggravated rape law, which also includes rape of the elderly, allows the death penalty only for rape of children under 12.

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Special thanks to Former Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn

click here to read the Texas Medicaid Fraud News Reports and Investigation Findings on Its Almost Tuesday’s Medicaid Fraud Page.

In working with abuse cases, government systems, and foster care, there are many obstacles & tragedies on a daily basis.

We fight a system enormously large by comparison (to a single mom on aol) who has the money, resources, and capabilities to win, much moreso than the mom on aol. In the nastiness of red tape, lies, cover-ups, confidentiality excuses, conspiracies, money driven mistakes that cost lives & much more insanity than one would ever expect out of our own government systems

( particularly one in place to “protect children”.)

We see very few rewards.

Many advocates burn out.

By August of 2004 they finally, after much pressure, told me 3 of the medications they put him on. I had requested, demanded, and begged to know what they were giving my son who was coming to visitations acting different.

One visit he would be hyper and non-stop talking – rambling, so fast his mind would be thinking ten thoughts ahead, and he’d get stuck in a stutter from not being able to keep up. The next visit he’d be so groggy and sleepy, despondent, falling asleep mid-sentence, and unable to communicate or think clearly.

I knew it was drugs he was receiving by the foster care system he was thrown into… but which ones? and why? He’d never been on medications prior to foster care (and hasn’t since – to my knowledge).

I began writing letters. I wrote letters to everyone.

I wrote to the news station, the inspector general’s office, the local media, the CCHR, the medical board, the courts, etc., etc.,

Anyone and everyone received a letter from me. I wrote, last time I recall, approximately 1500 letters in the first couple months, begging for help with my fight for my son. But I kept getting no response. I kept seeing this happening to my child, and other children, and my pleas for help falling on deaf ears.

Except for Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn. She listened. I just didn’t know it … yet. I had written her, among the masses, and she actually wrote me back, herself. I was so proud of that letter, and valued it as it was the only effort I saw return to me. As time went by, and I saw little results of my efforts, my hope dwindled, and my case closing and not in my favor.

I had put up a webpage in November/December accusing the Texas county & cps of medicaid fraud and overdrugging our children; and by the end of my case, my son’s name was changed, I was placed under a gag order (now lifted) and I haven’t seen him nor talked to him in over 3 years.

Needless to say I fell … headfirst… into a deep despair & desperation. I had to figure out life without my son, and I’ve never succeeded in that. I doubt I will. The pain is as fresh when I let it come out to the surface as it was then, only difference is I’ve learned how to numb my emotions by separating my memories from myself, and it doesn’t really work, only helps.

Then I look at a page and I read one more article I run across about the work the Comptroller’s done in Forgotten Children, from April 2004, the time my son was taken from me. Although I run this blog and a few others, I do not dive headfirst into the work as I did before – I burnt out. Sometimes I read another CPS case, and I get sick, literally, and throw up.

The trauma its cause my family, my daughter and our relationship, and my entire life and that of my children’s’ is unimaginable. IT cannot ever be repaired; ever. So when I read the Medicaid Fraud investigation concerning psychotropic medications given needlessly to foster children for profit, launched December 16th, 2004 – it hits me hard – considering it was that time when I was writing to Carole Strayhorn begging for help.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn helped.

Foster Children: Texas Health Care Claims Study — Special Report is available as a PDF file (3.8 MB). If you do not already have it, you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the PDF file.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn listened.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart Grandma Strayhorn!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You made me realise that everything does, in fact, happen for a reason, and that our pain may not have been in vain…. for the 2008 implementation of the changes in the system for providing health care to foster children is proof that something changed. Something.

I just pray we made a difference for the children.

I fought and fought & because I had gone into despair so tragically after losing a losing battle, I left the state of Texas for a long while, and never turned on ews, internet re: cps, or anything related. It was far too painful. Now, nearly 4 years since this nightmare I lived through was written by my fingers on this very same keyboard I type on today, my letters reached – and were read…. and I am reaping the feelings of that one little reward in my work, and it is good. It is real good. So good I cried and laughed at the same time.

I only pray we made a difference and continue to make a difference for the forgotten children I’ll always remember – because one of them was mine.

Again, thank you, to everyone who read. We needed you & you listened.


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Pfizer Global Patent Director’s Child Pornography Charges

Pfizer Global Patent Director’s Child Pornography Charges

U.S. V. ALAN HESKETH (U.S. Dist. Ct., Conn., March 28, 2008) – In newly-released documents, Pfizer’s Global Patent Director was charged with trading child pornography images with another criminal suspect. According to the criminal complaint, he allegedly accessed the computer account used for such activity while at Pfizer headquarters in New York City, a hotel, and his home in Connecticut.

Click here to view the actual court documents in this case.

(WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT DO NOT VIEW IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO EXPLICIT OR SEXUAL MATERIAL OR IF YOU ARE UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE)

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Collin County Father Talks to Its Almost Tuesday

I received an email from the Collin County father asking me to let you all know that they have a full feature film coming out, all proceeds go to their children in a trust fund.

He says they are still fighting to get them back thru the court system in Collin County Texas. They have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to fix this very flawed cps system.

He says, “We know we can not change what happened to our family. We hope we will be able to help other families in the future.”

With that in mind, “any other families from Collin County Texas that have been thrown into the Collin County CPS system, or who have beecn ordered to take parenting classes, domestic abuse classes, psycological examanations, anger management classes etc when found not guilty or ruled out for abuse, please contact Its Almost Tuesday.

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High court ruling is victory for victims of child abuse in Hawaii

The state Supreme Court has upheld an award to be paid by the state to a Maui girl whose previous injury was under investigation by Child Protective Services.

Child Protective Services has been told by the state Supreme Court that it is responsible for the welfare of children subject to abuse. A $1.1 million judgment was upheld last month by the high court and will hold the agency accountable for future negligence.

The state should increase expenditures for the agency rather than be forced to pay court awards.

The case arose from “very critical” injuries, including broken bones, a torn intestine, severe bruises and bleeding inside the skull, suffered by a 21/2-year-old Maui girl seven years ago, two months after being brought to Maui Memorial Medical Center with a broken leg. Dasia Morales-Kahoohanohano was under the care of her mother, Denise Morales, when the injuries occurred.

A pediatrician at the hospital had told CPS social worker Ellen Brewerton after the first injury that he did not believe her mother harmed the girl and that “the only logical explanation was Denise’s boyfriend (did).” Morales was arrested but neither she nor her then-boyfriend, Darryl Ramos, was prosecuted.

The social worker allowed the weekly exchange in custody between Morales and Dasia’s father, Jarrett Kahoohanohano, to resume on the condition that Dasia not be brought to Ramos’ house. Maui police had informed CPS that Ramos had been convicted of crimes seven times, including household abuse for punching a former girlfriend and biting her nose.

Brewerton went on a two-week vacation five weeks after the broken-leg incident and three days after Ramos and a friend were arrested following a shooting on the Ramos property, but the case was not assigned to another social worker during that fortnight. Dasia’s severe injuries occurred at the Ramos house a week after Brewerton returned to work.

Lillian Koller, director of the Human Services Department, called the Supreme Court’s decision “unfair to Hawaii taxpayers” and “exasperating for our social workers, whose conduct may be condemned no matter what they do.” Vlad Devens, attorney for Dasia, her father and paternal grandfather, suggested the injuries could have been prevented if the CPS had adhered to its own policies.

The court’s unanimous landmark decision does not mean that any injury to a child under CPS’s oversight will end up in court. It does mean that any departure from policy leading to injury can be grounds for a lawsuit.

As Circuit Judge Joel E. August ruled in the case, and the Supreme Court agreed, “DHS’s duty to protect children exists once they are on notice that a significant and unjustifiable or unexplained injury has occurred to a child that is brought to their attention, and there is a reasonable opportunity to verify the injury or the potential risk of future harm.”

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High court ruling is victory for victims of child abuse in Hawaii

The state Supreme Court has upheld an award to be paid by the state to a Maui girl whose previous injury was under investigation by Child Protective Services.

Child Protective Services has been told by the state Supreme Court that it is responsible for the welfare of children subject to abuse. A $1.1 million judgment was upheld last month by the high court and will hold the agency accountable for future negligence.

The state should increase expenditures for the agency rather than be forced to pay court awards.

The case arose from “very critical” injuries, including broken bones, a torn intestine, severe bruises and bleeding inside the skull, suffered by a 21/2-year-old Maui girl seven years ago, two months after being brought to Maui Memorial Medical Center with a broken leg. Dasia Morales-Kahoohanohano was under the care of her mother, Denise Morales, when the injuries occurred.

A pediatrician at the hospital had told CPS social worker Ellen Brewerton after the first injury that he did not believe her mother harmed the girl and that “the only logical explanation was Denise’s boyfriend (did).” Morales was arrested but neither she nor her then-boyfriend, Darryl Ramos, was prosecuted.

The social worker allowed the weekly exchange in custody between Morales and Dasia’s father, Jarrett Kahoohanohano, to resume on the condition that Dasia not be brought to Ramos’ house. Maui police had informed CPS that Ramos had been convicted of crimes seven times, including household abuse for punching a former girlfriend and biting her nose.

Brewerton went on a two-week vacation five weeks after the broken-leg incident and three days after Ramos and a friend were arrested following a shooting on the Ramos property, but the case was not assigned to another social worker during that fortnight. Dasia’s severe injuries occurred at the Ramos house a week after Brewerton returned to work.

Lillian Koller, director of the Human Services Department, called the Supreme Court’s decision “unfair to Hawaii taxpayers” and “exasperating for our social workers, whose conduct may be condemned no matter what they do.” Vlad Devens, attorney for Dasia, her father and paternal grandfather, suggested the injuries could have been prevented if the CPS had adhered to its own policies.

The court’s unanimous landmark decision does not mean that any injury to a child under CPS’s oversight will end up in court. It does mean that any departure from policy leading to injury can be grounds for a lawsuit.

As Circuit Judge Joel E. August ruled in the case, and the Supreme Court agreed, “DHS’s duty to protect children exists once they are on notice that a significant and unjustifiable or unexplained injury has occurred to a child that is brought to their attention, and there is a reasonable opportunity to verify the injury or the potential risk of future harm.”

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Let Sex Offenders Walk & They Prey On Our Kids

Sex offenders speak out

JEREMY PHILLIPS
The Ellis County Press
ELLIS COUNTY – Last week, a controversial series by The Ellis County Press exposed the problems of sex offenders on probation in Ellis County versus those who were sentenced to prison.The numbers revealed more than 75 percent of registered sex offenders in Ellis County received probation instead of prison for their crimes, thanks to plea deals with County/District Attorney Joe Grubbs and his team of prosecutors.

Last week, this reporter had the chance to interview two sex offenders, both convicted of the same crime: aggravated sexual assault of a child. One received prison and the other, despite, a lengthy arrest record and prior offenses for indecency with a child, received probation. Both talked about their sentences and how likely they are to re-offend, based on their sentences and subsequent restrictions and counseling.

The Ellis County Press will identify the offenders as ‘Michael’ and as ‘Leo,’ as they have agreed to take part in this story. Due to their exposing the flaws in the system, they fear retaliation by prosecutors, as both report to probation and parole officers.

Michael was sentenced to one year probation for aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old. He had previously been convicted in another county for indecency with a child by contact and received deferred adjudication probation.
Leo was sentenced to six years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system for aggravated sexual assault against a 13-year-old female. He had also received a probated indecency with a child by sexual contact charge, which was deferred, again, in another county.

As a requirement, sex offenders must undergo sex offender treatment, known as the Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) for short. This consists of both group and one-on-one sessions.

During the interview with ‘Michael,’ 39, this reporter asked him what he thought about his punishment. He said he wanted to avoid prison at all costs and that his lawyer, a friend of Joe Grubbs, had struck a deal with him for a one-year probated sentence.

While expressing remorse for his crime, ‘Michael’ said that he was concerned he would re-offend. When asked why he was afraid he would re-offend, the response was ‘because my sentence was so light, and I am not made to undergo a stringent program like an inmate who is locked up.’ He was then asked what his requirements were. He said ‘I go to a counseling session a couple of times a month, and report to my probation officer�other than that, I have free reign to do as I please�.it is very tempting sometimes.’

‘Had I been locked up, I know I would be monitored [24 hours, seven days a week], and there is no way I could victimize a child again.’

 

When asked why he chose to victimize children, he said that as a child, he too, was victimized, and that he had sexual urges he could not control.

‘Michael’ said looking back, he is glad he isn’t locked up, but because of his urges he is going to undergo chemical castration because the system has failed both him and his victims.

He made it very clear that sex offenders on probation are not closely monitored, and do not undergo the same treatment as incarcerated offenders.

For an incarcerated offender, treatment begins on the first day and is conducted daily in the prison system, according to ‘Leo.’

‘Leo’ is 40 years old. ‘Leo’ successfully completed his sentence without any conduct violations and had an exemplary prison record. He told The Ellis County Press that offenders are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He said not only did he undergo the SOTP counseling, he underwent other psychological treatment as well, which is not offered to probationers.

When asked if he believed sex offenders should receive probation, he replied, ‘absolutely not- that is like having a kid in a candy store.’

He clarified this as saying that because probated sex offenders do not undergo intense supervision and rehabilitation, they most often re-offend, just as he did initially. ‘Leo’ said he does not have any sexual urges towards children, and in-fact, has since met a female companion of equal age and has been married for three years.

His wife, Debbie, was made totally aware of his past, however, and chose to date and eventually marry ‘Leo’ because he proved himself as being rehabilitated, something they both thank the Texas prison system for.

While having regrets about being free, ‘Michael’ knows that Grubbs’ office has afforded him the opportunity to victimize again. Was the ‘deal’ worth it?

‘Not really. They just want to clear cases,’ he said. ‘They don’t care about the kids.

‘Anytime you let a pedophile walk, they continue to prey on kids, even if the �conviction’ helps the DAs stats when it comes election time’

Freelance reporter Jeremy Phillips is a licensed private investigator and peace officer.

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ACTION ALERT:: ELLIS COUNTY PROSECUTOR FREES SEX OFFENDER – SPEAK OUT!

Please speak out against this outrageous move by Patrick Wilson, for the sake of my children and others out there that he WILL victimize. How can this happen years after a guilty plea??

Comments, please, petition, write your congressman, this is outrageous!!!

Child sex offender cases released, charges dismissed

KELLIE ROBINSON
and GLEN JACKSON

The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – Angel DeJesus Hernandez was alleged to have raped a child.

He plead guilty in 2005 and was given a probation sentence of five years and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.

One of the terms of his deal with County Attorney Joe Grubbs’ office was he would have to register as a sex offender if he violated any terms of his sentence. (under deferred adjudication, alleged suspects are not required to register).

Hernandez, according to court documents in the Ellis County District Clerk’s office, committed another act of sexual assault of a child in July of 2006.

This time, the sexual assault charge resulted in another two-year probation sentence with no fine.

Other cases The Ellis County Press has researched include the more recent James Leonard file. The Waxahachie lawyer was placed on 10 years probation for allegedly molesting two girls under the age of 14, according to court records. He has since fled the country to Central America, according to investigators with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

A warrant has since been issued for his arrest. Leonard was placed on probation several days after 40th District Court Judge Gene Knize won a re-nomination battle in the 2006 Republican primary over Midlothian attorney Dan Altman.

Other cases The Ellis County Press has reviewed:

Cause No. 30278CR – Renee June Deguizman
Court records state, ‘�forced sexual organ of �Logan’ (under 17 yoa) to contact and penetrate mouth of defendant. Five years jail and no fine. Plead guilty.’

Cause No. 29502CR – Brian Keith Martin Jr.
Documents state Martin ‘raped �J.D.’ a child under 17 yoa, plead guilty, two years [jail] and no fine.’ Defense attorney Cindy Ermatinger had Martin credited for 91 days off his jail sentence.

Cause No. 30390CR – Ronnie Lynn Cummings Jr.

‘Rape, child under 14 yoa, with penis and vibrator, sodomizing, forced oral sex on her, 40 years each count.’

The prosecutors dismissed the charges of oral sex and assault due to Cummings maintaining his innocence, according to court documents.

Assistant prosecutor Patrick M. Wilson signed the court documents allowing for the dismissal of the case. Defense attorney Cindy Ermatinger filed a writ of habeas corpus, stating the bond of $100,000 was ‘excessive.’

This is not a good thing, this man will re-offend, I’m willing to place my soul on that … OUR CHILDREN WON’T BE SAFE. So my question is what, if anything, does it change for his sentence?! 

How do the on-record victims that each of these pedophiles were convicted for, feel about this? 

 How can this happen after he plead guilty?

Anyone know these answers?
Cause No. 31362CR – James Cotter
‘Rape of a child under 14 yoa, plead guilty, five years in jail, credited 183 days.’
Cause No. 30830CR – Joe Rudy Ramos Jr.

 

Court documents state Ramos Jr. ‘forced �C.F.’ (child under 14) to place her genitals in his mouth.’ Ramos attempted suicide on July 11, 2006 and as a result, prosecutors dismissed the case. Ramos rejected a plea bargain of 10 years deferred adjudication. A trial date had been scheduled for Jan. 9, 2007, but ‘due to vacation plans the state has not had time to adequately prepare child witnesses.’

Cause No. 31045CR – James Edwards
Judgment was entered on Nov. 3, 2006 in Knize’s 40th District courtroom for allegations of aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to court documents. The offense allegedly occurred on Dec. 31, 2004.

Edwards plead guilty and in exchange, he received 10 years deferred adjudication, paid a $2,000 fine and was ordered to perform 720 hours of community service. Edwards, according to the documents, served 149 days in jail and went through sex offender treatment.

Lindy Tober, one of Grubbs’ assistant prosecutors, stated ‘it was in child’s best interest for Edwards to be on deferred adjudication.’

Court documents also reveal the victim was a foster child and that he ‘placed finger in anus of [victim under 14].’

(more…)

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How many more in Collin County Texas? Let us know…

I would like to comment on the article I posted Disgusted with the system: cbs11tv.com – North Texas Man Fighting For Custody Of His Kids

and thank the blogger who originally posted it, Louise, whose blog Disgusted With The System, is one of my favorites.

Collin County, Texas seems to have a trend in their cases with CPS and the social services system. I have on my site, alone, 3 cases from Collin County, and I know there are more.

I’d love to hear from you if you have a case you’d like published on my blog or if you have any questions or comments.

If you want to privately send me email you can do so at itsalmosttuesday@gmail.com

Thank you to everyone who supports our children and families, preserving the parents right to be a parent.

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Collin County Texas – Still taking kids from the innocent..

North Texas Man Fighting For Custody Of His Kids

DALLAS (CBS 11 News) ― A North Texas man has been found not guilty of the aggravated sexual assault of a child. Now, he and his wife are fighting to get their children back.

Douglas Buchar was a successful custom homebuilder when he received a phone call two years ago, almost to the day. Child Protective Services called to inform him that they had taken away his kids. “My secretary got a phone call at the office and said, ‘You need to take this, it’s CPS,'” Buchar recalled. “And I got on the phone and it was just like, what? And they said they took all our kids.”

The children, 4-year-old Megan and 11-year-old Justin, were picked up at school and placed in foster care on January 20, 2006. This all came after the couple’s 12-year-old adopted child accused Buchar of sexual assault.

“I couldn’t,” Buchar started, “the whole thing didn’t make no sense. It wasn’t logical, the charges they had. It just couldn’t have happened.”

Over the next two years, the couple lost their business, their house and their children.

Buchar’s wife, Joy, was arrested as well, but the charges were later dropped. “It’s like someone just took all my guts out,” she said.

The kids lived in foster care for a year and a half. Six months ago, they were given permission to live with Buchar’s sister in New York.

Earlier this week, Buchar faced his accuser during the criminal trial. “Looking at her in court and what not, it was just, she had no clue of the repercussions she has done,” he said. “She doesn’t realize what she has caused, nor do I think she really cares what she has caused. Yes, we do feel sorry for her.”

But most of all, the Buchars said that they miss their biological children.

On Wednesday, a Collin County jury found Buchar not guilty of the crime.

“One thing I learned from all this,” Buchar said, “I was a workaholic and I was working six, seven days a week, 12, 13, 14 hours a day, and I learned now. I promised Justin I’d go fishing with him so many times before. Everytime, it would be like, oh, something’s come up. I got to go. That’s all changed now. I’m going to definitely have weekends off, and definitely spend time with him.”

The Buchars have terminated their parental rights to the adopted girl.

Kelly Davis is Buchar’s lawyer who is trying to get the couple’s biological children back home. She said that she never doubted their innocence. “I think that Doug was able to prove to everybody else that he was innocent by performing all the different types of polygraph and tests that they required, and performing in order to prove his innocence.”

Although Buchar was found not guilty, the nightmare continues. The couple said that they will not stop until they can bring Justin and Megan back home.

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