EDITOR'S NOTE: AS I WAS CLEANING UP THE ARCHIVE AS WE APPROACH OUR TWO HUNDREDTH POST ON F6 I FOUND THIS STORY THAT NEVER GOT PUBLISHED BACK ON 9th NOVEMBER 2007. I AM PUBLISHING IT NOW WITHOUT ANY CURRENT EDITING OR ANALYSIS.
In a stroke of a gavel one of the biggest miscarriages of justice have taken place in Pardeeville, Wisconsin. Leo Morris starts to challenge it in a post on Opening Arguments but doesn't take it far enough, so I am.
This is something that should be protested by religious leaders and civil liberties advocates and GLBT leaders alike. The fact that this mother had the courage to be open with her children regarding a very sensitive subject matter should be something rewarded and copied by most parents not labeled as a felonious act .
This is a slap in the face of the historic privileges of separation of religion and state and right of free speech and the God, excuse me, Creator given rights of parents to have the primary responsibility towards the education of their own children. A Court or a School District that impedes those rights needs to be shut down by the People. For We The People are the beginning and the end of any judiciary or governmental powers.
Alleged explicit sex discussion gets mom probationAfter reviewing some versions of the stories it sounds like one of the kids used it as a way to get revenge on their mother but what is even more disturbing is that the counselor breached confidentiality. Can you only begin to imagine what would have happened if she had just put them over her knee to keep them out of trouble, or a teacher showed them on a banana how to use a prophylactics (condoms) geezers!
A Pardeeville mother accepted a plea agreement on charges she had a sexually explicit discussion with her two sons, even while she maintained she did nothing wrong and that she didn't understand why she was charged.
Amy J. Smalley, 36, said in court Thursday that she accepted the plea agreement in part because she thought it would be in the best interest of her sons, ages 12 and 16, in that it would spare them from testifying in court.
"I think this is what I'm going to have to do to make everyone happy," she said.
According to the charges filed against her, Smalley last year told her sons about several sexual experiences she had. She also allegedly described performing oral sex and also showed the two a sex toy.
"That is what I'm being charged with, but that is not what I did," Smalley said. "I believe I'm not guilty."
Smalley's attorneys unsuccessfully argued in court in July that the charges should be dismissed as the discussions should be protected as free speech between a parent and her children in the vein of sexual education.
Smalley said the charges were filed after she brought her sons to counseling in an attempt to help them from getting into trouble. One of her sons told authorities he did not think the discussion was appropriate.
"This whole thing's been like a nightmare for me and I can't understand it," she said.
In the agreement, Smalley pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of exposing a child to harmful material in exchange for the dismissal of a felony charge of exposing a child to harmful descriptions.
Columbia County Circuit Court Judge James Miller accepted the agreement and sentenced Smalley to a year of probation in addition to counseling — following the recommendation of Assistant District Attorney Crystal Long.
The felony charge could have levied a sentence of more than three years in prison and fines up to $10,000.
If the trial moved forward, Smalley's sons almost surely would have been required to testify.
"That would cause a great deal of additional pain and discomfort," Maura Melka, Smalley's attorney, said. "This is an internal family matter. ... Having the children testify would just be so hard."
Leo Morris continued by making the retort: Instead of talking to her sons about sex, she should have volunteered to lecture at her sons’ school. The law wouldn’t have touched her.