An update to the story about Jeffrey L. Hazlett from yesterday.
A jury of seven women and five men deliberated for 2 hours Wednesday afternoon before returning not guilty verdicts on charges of rape.
It was a bittersweet victory for Mr. Hazlett: "My life has been ruined over this, over a lie," he said. Nobody, he said, is going to apologize to him, not the police nor the woman. "Nobody is going to held accountable for ruining my life," he said outside the courtroom. He said he has been unable to leave his home since the rape charges were filed. "I've been in 'prison' for the past 10 months," he said, referring to his life behind the walls of his home. In the process, he said he lost his job as a behavorial therapist, and faced threats and attacks. He will have to leave the Altoona area in order to get his life back, he said.
Blair County Assistant District Attorney Deanne Paul, who prosecuted the case, said she now is worried about the next rape victim "hesitating to come forward when we get verdicts like this."
The answer, of course, is not to try men and boys for rape unless you are sure they did it. Stop rolling the dice, hoping to "get lucky" with a male's life.
"It sends the wrong message," said now-retired Altoona police Detective John Polheber, who was the lead investigator in the case.
No, Detective Polheber. You send the wrong message. With your bitter, sour grapes comment after "your side" lost (and, gee, I though Mr. Hazlett was on your side, too, detective. Go figure).
You all wonder why the conviction rate for rape is so "low"? Read about this case and ask yourself how it was ever brought to trial.
But don't worry. The sexual grievance industry includes cases like this in its tally of actual rapes -- because it wasn't proved to be a false claim.