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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:41 am, Thu Aug 23, 2012.

Last month the Minnesota Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit by a man whose case rested on a repressed memory claim, siding with a lower court's ruling that repressed memory is an unproved theory. We had our own experience on how unreliable repressed memory is with the Father Michael Kelly versus Travis Trotter lawsuit.

No student or staff member ever saw anything or heard Trotter say anything that suggested any wrongdoing by Father Kelly. Even Trotter's father, who's a doctor of psychology, didn't catch on.

I don't have a problem paying Trotter a settlement if the memories are real, but if they are false he should not have been paid $3.75 million.

Historically, false recovered memories are also known to ruin innocent people's lives. So why do California's courts think recovered memory should be allowed as evidence? It's sort of like the polygraph test which wasn't allowed. Hopefully someday California will figure it out, too.

Erica Robinson

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7 comments:

  • Arabella Clark posted at 2:28 am on Wed, Sep 19, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    The writer of this letter should know that the new victims who have come forward to law enforcement never repressed their memories of the horrific abuse at the hands of Kelly.

    She also may want to look at the infamous case of "Father" *cough* Paul Shanley in Boston.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:53 pm on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...Sorry, I don't watch Tina Fey so I couldn't possibly know her type of humor - except of course her excellent rendition of Sarah Palin - she nailed that.

    Perfect evidence that Ms Bobin thinks a comedy show is reality... she always pretends that she does not get her news from Stewart and SNL, but in her world which is evidenced by her Palin comment, comedy shows are as real as a documentary...

    How amuzing Ms Bobin is... thanks for the entertainment.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:48 pm on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    You missed my point Ms Bobin.... not saying you are watching Tina Fey unless you are looking in the mirror.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:51 pm on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Sorry, I don't watch Tina Fey so I couldn't possibly know her type of humor - except of course her excellent rendition of Sarah Palin - she nailed that.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:57 am on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...Just until you make your permanent move to Thailand, that is.

    Good Tina Fey humor Ms Bobin... you are a pro[lol][rolleyes]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:59 am on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Just until you make your permanent move to Thailand, that is.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:20 am on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Robinson stated... Hopefully someday California will figure it out, too.

    Not a chance... This is a state that put its faith in Jerry Brown to solve our economic problems. California should no longer be called the land of fruits and nuts..., but the land of the insane.

     

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