No Justice for James
This website is about the wrongful conviction of James Rodriguez.
In the 1980s and 1990s, accusations of satanic ritual sex abuse were popping up all over the place. It mainly focused on daycare workers. The were overturned in 1996. There were six other similar cases in Kern Countyfirst one to garner national attention was in 1982 in Kern County, California. Debbie and Alvin McCuan and Steven and Brenda Kniffen were accused of molesting their own children. The charges were made by the McCuan children's step-grandmother, who had custody of the children. She was determined to be suffering from schizophrenia, nevertheless the McCuans and Kniffens were convicted in 1984 and given a combined sentence of1000 years behind bars. Their convictions , involving a total of at least 60 children. Another case that made national attention was in 1983 when accusations were made against Raymond Buckey (by his estranged wife) and his grandmother, Virginia McMartin and her daughter, Peggy McMartin Buckey, who owned the McMartin Preschool in Los Angeles, California. Some other cases are listed below:
First Days of Freedom. April 24, 2004
1984 Fells Acres Day Care Center
1984 Bernard F. Baran, Jr., Convicted January 30, 1985
1985 Bronx Five case
1985 Bakersfield John Stoll and Grant Self
1985 Wee Care Nursery School in New Jersey in April
1987 Cleveland child abuse scandal in England
1989 Glendale Montessori in Stuart, Florida
1989 Little Rascals Day Care Center, Edenton, North Carolina
1994 start of Wenatchee Sex Rings case, Washington.
James Rodriguez fell into this unfortunate hysteria in 1985 in Riverside, California. His case shares eerie similarities to many of the cases mentioned above. He and several others, including the parents of the alleged victims, were accused of various sexual acts, including sodomy, against two brothers, ages 11 and 13. The boys, along with their older brother and sister, had been removed from the custody of their parents and placed with their aunt. It was in her care when the allegation of sexual abuse first arose. From day one, James professed his innocence, but to no avail.
In April 2004, a simple e-mail led to his release from imprisonment, and he was able experience his first taste of freedom in over 19 years.
Click here to read Predator or Prey by Ben Ehrenreich, for a more in-depth understanding of this travesty of justice.
James' case is sponsored by the National Center for Reason and Justice at www.ncrj.org