Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bulletin: Michael Arena: Court orders him freed because of psychologist's false testimony on sentencing hearing; Austin Chronicle.

STORY: "Court orders Michael Arena freed: Man spent a dozen years in prison for a sexual assault even the alleged victim now denies," by Jordan Smith, published in the Austin Chronicle on June 8, 2012.

GIST: "After spending nearly 13 years behind bars for a sexual assault that even the alleged victim says never happened, Michael Arena is now home with his family in Bell County, having been released to his father's custody on June 1 per court order.........After years of appeals, the Texas Supreme Court last month ordered a new sentencing hearing for Michael, ruling that Williamson County psychologist Charles Willoughby had given false testimony during Michael's trial, leading jurors to believe he'd ascertained that Michael, who at the time of the alleged offense was just 14, was actually a pedophile and would be a threat to society if given probation. As it turned out, the "test" Willoughby used was not validated for use on adolescents. The state has maintained that Wil­lough­by's testimony did not influence the jurors, but the Supremes disagreed, throwing the case back to Bell County to decide whether to spend time and money on a new sentencing hearing – one without Willough­by's false and misleading testimony. Whether Bell County officials would go through with such a hearing is unclear, but it's unlikely."

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