Skip to comments.Did Stephen King Invent Janet Reno?
Posted on 08/17/2002 10:15:40 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
Before assuming the office of Attorney General, Janet Reno was District Attorney in Miami's Dade County. During her tenure in office she launched a case to help children she alleged were victims of sexual abuse. She brought in so-called "experts" who tend to use typical brainwashing techniques to convince children they are victims of abuse. In such cases the children typically invent fanciful tales of abuse and in this case the same scenario played itself out.
Reno's victim, however, wasn't some adult pedophile but a young boy who Reno insisted, be tried as an adult. Bobby Fijnje moved to Miami with his family in 1981. His father had been a diplomat for the Dutch government in the Antilles. The family had decided to make the United States their new home. They joined a local church where Bobby helped work in the Sunday School.
On August 28, 1989 the police arrived at the Fijnje home. They were given permission to search the house for evidence against young Bobby. They ripped his room apart looking for pornography but found nothing incriminating. The police took the boy into custody and put him through a long, drawn-out interrogation. For the first two hours the boy's father was allowed to be present but he was then told to leave the room so the police could talk to Bobby alone.
The newsletter Casualties of Sexual Allegations (January 1997) says that young Bobby was an insulin-dependent diabetic who "became ill and unsteady during 7 hours of questioning during which he had almost no food. Promised he could leave if he confessed, he made a sort of confession, but when immediately taken into custody, he reasserted his innocence."
That evening the boy was put into state custody at the Juvenile Detention Center where he was forced to remain for almost two years while Janet Reno engaged in another one of her crusades to help children. Bobby's father explains what happened:
"During Bobby's imprisonment, we twice asked for him to be released on bond, the second time in the care of his aunt and uncle (a retired Connecticut State Supreme Court judge), but this was refused because 'Bobby was a threat to the community' and because it was said that our family would flee the country. Bobby pleaded not guilty, and was tried as an adult on the motion of the Dade County prosecutor's office, headed by Ms. Reno.
"The pre-trial hearings finally began in early August 1990 with Judge Norman Gerstein presiding. Pre-trial hearings lasted until the middle of January 1991, at which time a jury was selected. Before and during the trial, we were repeatedly urged to accept a plea-bargain and warned of the dangers Bobby faced in prison. We were told that he would have AIDS within a week after entering prison. We were told what a horrible time he would have in prison, where the jailers are mere administrators and the prison is actually ruled by the prisoners. But we knew Bobby was innocent, and we refused to accept a plea bargain.
"During the trial, not a single witness ever testified that he or she had seen anything improper. Over 800 members of the church stepped forward and offered to testify on Bobby's behalf. At least 14 motions for mis-trial were filed by Bobby's lawyers, Mr. Mel Black and Mr. Peter Miller. Over 500 sidebar conferences were held in this case, which cost the taxpayers well over $3 million, money that could have been used to feed the poor, improve public health, or shelter the many homeless people who roam the streets of Miami. Instead, this money was spent on the longest trial ever held in Dade County, all in an effort to send an innocent boy to jail for life.
"On the morning of 4 May 1991, the jury advised Judge Gerstein that a verdict had been reached, but we waited an hour and a half for that verdict to be read. Judge Gerstein advised our lawyer that we must wait for Ms. Reno's arrival. She wanted to be present when the verdict was read.
"Bobby was acquitted on all counts.
"During this period, our family had to endure daily attacks and lies in the newspapers and on television. My wife and I were accused of being drug dealers and ringleaders in a child pornography business. Death threats were sent to us and left on our telephone answering machine. In addition to local and county police departments, the FBI was also called in to investigate us. Unmarked police cars cruised through our street, while a police helicopter with a searchlight flew overhead at night. Television reporters knocked on every door and window in the house, but we refused to give interviews because we believed that the media would not truthfully report them.
"Ms. Janet Reno was the Dade County Prosecutor at the time of the investigation and prosecution of our son, and as such she must bear the primary responsibility for what was done to him. Is Ms. Reno the right person to head the United States Justice Department? Is she really a crusader against child abuse? Is she aware the she abused my son by her actions and robbed him of one year, eight months, and one week of his life?"
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal psychologist David Raskin said that Reno's treatment of this child was the "most inhumane and despicable" case he had seen in over twenty years of practice.
Typical of accusations obtained through brain washing, the alleged victims of Bobby Fijnje said that the boy dug up graves. They reported that one woman turned herself into a witch and that Bobby used to dance naked on the roof of the church in full public view—which, of course, no one else noticed. On top of this the boy was accused of eating a new born infant.
When the case was finally over, the Fijnje family decided to leave the United States. Their attorney told them that Janet Reno was not finished with them yet and was looking into further charges against the tormented child. Though they wished to remain in America, the family left fearing that Reno hadn't finished with her child-saving crusades. And they were right. Since then she moved on to Waco and now her attention is focused on young Elian. For years people have laughed at the punch line, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you." When it comes to Janet Reno these words loose their humor and become frightening instead.
Half the time I think that Janet Reno doesn't exist, and couldn't exist, except, perhaps, in the pages of a Stephen King novel.
Jim Peron is a South African journalist who was interviewed by Alberto Mingardi in a recent issue of The Laissez Faire City Times. He has recently finished a book entitled Two Masters: the Conflict Between Christianity and Capitalism. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
from The Laissez Faire City Times, Vol 4, No 16, April 17, 2000
(Excerpt) Read more at zolatimes.com ...
May 9, 1991
Honorable Janet Reno
1351 NW 12 street
Miami, Florida 33125
Dear State Attorney Reno,
We, being the jurors of the Bobby Finje case, are writing this letter in an attempt to clarify and explain our verdict. In order to understand the reasoning of our verdict one must appreciate the enormous stress and pressure we experienced from being placed in such a position. Listening and absorbing the hundreds of hours of testimony over the fifteen extensive weeks of this trial, only magnified this stressful and pressure built situation.
One must understand that is was not our desire nor our wish to be jurors in this trial. However, as concerned citizens we acted accordingly by our acceptance of this duty. A duty that, regardless of what verdict we rendered, would be without appreciation and from which extensive criticism would result.
His Honor's instructions as we began to deliberate, clearly stated that we are to presumed the defendant's innocence up to and until the State has proved otherwise beyond and to the exclusion of a reasonable doubt. It was our keeping with these instructions that led us to our verdict.
A number of factors that were raised throughout this trial provided the defense with a window of opportunity through which they passed a measurable cloud of reasonable doubt. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the failure of the police to video tape the questioning of the defendant on the day he was arrested. The failure to have a stenographer record and have the defendant sign a written confession. The clearly leading and suggestive questioning on the part of both child psychologist while interviewing the two children involved. The rape treatment center's handling of the two children and having those findings disputed by a defense expert.
Furthermore, the contradictory testimony on the part of the children themselves also raised reasonable doubt. There was a high degree of improbability of certain allegations raised against the defendant. For instance, alleging that he drove a child to the American Foreign Legion Hall, when no representative of that facility saw the defendant on the premises. And the fact that no adult ever saw the defendant drive a car, a task that he claims he has yet to attempt.
Other allegations have the defendant taking children were their were witches and in which he dressed as a clown. Again, no one ever saw anyone dressed as a witch nor the defendant as a clown. Further allegations of have a baby being killed and a cat's neck being broken were unfounded.
It is important to note that though we believed something did happen to the two children in question, what and by whom was not certain beyond and to the exclusion of a reasonable doubt. And since, as stated earlier, our task was not to prove the defendant's innocence but rather his guilt beyond such a doubt, we had no choice, in following the instructions of his Honor, but to return with a verdict of not guilty.
Furthermore, we subscribed to the notion that there may have been more to this case than we were allowed to see and here. However, no other charges, to our knowledge and at the time of our deliberations, had been filed. As such, our verdict could not be based upon our suspicions but solely upon the facts in evidence as we were allowed to review. However, we encourage the State's Attorney's Office to pursue with an appropriate investigation and file additional charges as deemed appropriate.
We further would like to express our sincere empathy towards the parents of the two children involved in this case. As being understandably disappointed with the verdict, we can only hope that if they are to blame anyone they blame the faulty system currently in place in the handling of such cases and not with we the jury.
It is our hope that this case will lay the foundation upon which a set of policies and guidelines are built. So that when cases of abuse, especially child abuse, are alleged, the programs in place will allow for appropriate questioning and investigation by the police, physicians and child psychologist so as to drastically reduce the chances of conflicting testimony and charges of contamination that can and will raise reasonable doubt.
We understand that a portion of the general public view our verdict as wrong. Understand that we were not privies to all information concerning this case. Furthermore, the general public received its' information from the press in the form of a one minute opinionated nightly news segment. We, on the other hand, based our verdict on the law, and after listening to and reviewing the hours upon hours of testimony on a daily basis for almost four months. Consequently, our verdict stands.
We The Jurors
State of Florida vs. Bobby Finje
We must stop Reno the Terrorist!!!!!!!!!
From a Washington Post article
In 1984, Frank Fuster was living in the Miami suburbs with a new wife and his 5-year-old son. Then the couple was charged with sexually abusing more than 20 children who attended their unlicensed home day-care center. Fuster, who had prior convictions for manslaughter and child molestation, was branded a "monster" by parents and the local media, and was convicted and sentenced to 165 years in prison. [snip]
FRONTLINE's "Did Daddy Do It?" airing Thursday, April 25, at 9 p.m. EDT on PBS (check local listings), reveals new evidence that questions the seemingly ironclad case against him. It also includes new allegations by Fuster's former wife that Reno personally participated in a campaign to break her down psychologically in order to force her to testify falsely against her husband. [snip]
We may have to take to the streets to inform Floridians.
One more thread, plus check out the original link for some good background on UNESCO, etc., and the history of the left's efforts to undermine our families and put "the village" - ahead of family and God:
In Loco Parentis (Reno's "family values" for Floridians?)
I think Clive Barker already did invent her. Did you see "Rawhead Rex"?
None. (Perfect analysis!)
God bless her. (^:
Our #1 Jeb promoter and ray of sunshine, summer, wrote the best response to this DNC-press lynching:
Where the FL Story of Jeb's New DCF Chief Should Have Appeared: "The Weekly World News" , summer takes on the world. (^:
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