SALEM, Oregon – Just when you thought you heard it all, along comes an ordeal where police once again overstep their bounds, sending a man to prison while attempting to unravel the truth, which in this day and age is not easy to do.
The story begins when a Lane County Oregon police officer is called to the scene of two children ages 4 and 5 years old are wondering outside.
But let’s back up the story to the beginning – James Christopher Hickey, a good father and a man attempting to take care of two young children. His five year old son has autism spectrum disorder, a condition that makes him incontinent and forces him to wear a diaper as he has never been potty trained due to his condition.
On August 17th, 2012, the two boys were put to bed at 8:30 p.m. in the town of Springfield, Oregon – only to wake up to find the boys had snuck out together in the middle of the night, alone and wandering outside.
Once the boys were discovered by ‘concerned citizens’ they call the cops, who show up and instead of worry about the boy’s parents, they decide to change his soiled diaper – which they told a jury later that the boys had been subject to for at least 14 hours.
To add to the ‘reality check meter’ of this overall entrapment to file charges against the father, the police got themselves a conviction and Hickey went to jail for not changing his son’s diaper for at least 14 hours, causing him severe rashes – once again showing the overstepping lies and serious destitution of the local police force to find a way to convict such a bad father.
Hickey went to the big house based on a diaper, while the local police back home got their last laugh on the entire situation – but then a ray of light came out of it all, a retrial without a jury of 12 morons to listen in disbelief and actually convict someone – nope, this time Hickey received a trial by a panel of three judges, someone that actually understands the law, not predict right and wrong by a county prosecutor hell bent on reelections and not on the welfare of children.
Well this week, after two long years in jail, an Oregon appeals court dismissed Hickey’s criminal conviction, overturning a jury’s conviction that the man was guilty of mistreatment.
The ruling came from a three-judge panel and showed that the prosecution did in fact fail to prove that Hickey had failed to perform a diaper change for the boy on repeated occasions.
In a 10-page decision (insert rolling eyes here), the panel found that no evidence existed in a single untimely diaper change.
To add insult to injury in the entire case, the appeals court let stand Hickey’s conviction on two counts of second-degree child neglect. This conviction was part of the two years in prison until the ‘shitty diaper’ debacle was overturned, which the law had no choice but to set him free.
Hickey’s public defender told Reuters in a telephone interview “There was a lot of stuff that came out at trial that showed my client is not a bad person and is not a bad dad.”
But leave it up to police, and public defenders to take a case such as this to the ultimate extreme and then wonder why crime and other criminal activities are skyrocketing in their area.
Hopefully Hickey gets the last laugh when he files a case for wrongful conviction so local Lane County folks can open their checkbooks to frivolous bullshit such as this.