The Attorney General of the state of Massachusetts, Martha Coakley, was voted as the Senate nominee for her state by Massachusetts democrats in Tuesday's primary election. If elected she will replace the late Ted Kennedy.
In short, the Amirault family, Gerald, Violet, and Cheryl, owned a day care center and it had been running smoothly for years. During the 1980's child molestation hysteria they were all charged with multiple counts of child sex abuse. The kids claimed to have been raped by Gerald who was wearing a clown costume at the time in a "magic room." Others said they were sodomized with 2 foot knives and a lobster. And most of these alegedly took place on the front lawn in plain view of the nearby highway.
Bodily fluids were never found, kids never complained of pain, and parents didn't find any evidence of sexual abuse on their kids. Not one child admited to the abuse...until therapists got there and they were pressured to "admit." The interviewing techniques in the Amirault case were so successful that the children also made accusations against three other teachers, two imaginary people named "Mr. Gatt" and "Al" and even against the child therapist herself.
Coakley didn't put them in jail or prosecute the case. She did something worse.
In July 2001, the notoriously tough Massachusetts parole board voted unanimously to grant Gerald Amirault clemency. Although the parole board is not permitted to consider guilt or innocence, its recommendation said: "(I)t is clearly a matter of public knowledge that, at the minimum, real and substantial doubt exists concerning petitioner's conviction."
Enter Martha Coakley. Gerald Amirault had already spent 15 years in prison for crimes he didn't commit. But Coakley put on a full court press to keep Amirault in prison simply to further her political ambitions.
By then, every sentient person knew that Amirault was innocent. But instead of saying nothing, Coakley frantically lobbied Gov. Jane Swift to keep him in prison to show that she was a take-no-prisoners prosecutor, who stood up for "the children." As a result of Coakley's efforts -- and her contagious ambition -- Gov. Swift denied Amirault's clemency.
Thanks to Martha Coakley, Gerald Amirault sat in prison for another three years.