NO EVIDENCE, NO JURY, NO JUSTICE
THE WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF JEREMY BARNEY
THE CASE TODAY
It is impossible to know everything that transpired in the _X_ home in the early 2000s. Nor can we know everything, sexual or otherwise, for which Jeff and Julie _X_, or Carson, or Jeremy (or any of the authorities involved) may be called “guilty” — whether legally guilty, factually guilty, or morally guilty.
Nor do we need to entertain, here, the question of whether any teenager should be incarcerated for having consensual sex with another teenager. Jeremy was not charged for this “statutory” offense. Instead he was charged and convicted on three counts of first-degree sexual assault, including the use of force, and three counts of injury and risk of injury to minors.
Human anatomy and the laws of physics preclude even the possibility of the violent crimes alleged by Family _X_ and successfully prosecuted by the State. To understand that the crimes with which Jeremy Barney was charged could not have occurred is to understand that they did not occur. The prosecution’s narrative of these crimes is, in short, a collaborative fiction, and it follows that Jeremy’s is a wrongful conviction.
These things are certain:
- Demonstrably false statements by Family _X_ are the totality of the State’s evidence against Jeremy Barney.
- Angela was subject to repeated molestations by her older brother. Her brother admitted to this, and Angela’s medical injuries are consistent with the incest she described. Both the State and her parents ignored these facts for the purpose of prosecuting fictional, “sensational” crimes.
- Jeff and Julie _X_ manufactured and destroyed evidence, lied to social service workers, and perjured themselves in police affidavits.
- The Office of the State’s attorney engaged in gross prosecutorial misconduct by withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense and by turning a blind eye to Jeff and Julie’s perjury and evidence tampering — in addition to overlooking actual abuse and endangerment, allowing the _X_ children to continue to live with criminal parents in an incestuous home.
- CAIT forced Angela _X_ to spend hours “remembering” sexual assaults that the State’s own forensic exams had already disproved, and CAIT forced Jesse to do the same, even after his brother’s exam revealed that an unidentified party had caused damage to Carson’s anal and rectal areas after his last contact with Jeremy.
In the years since his wrongful conviction, Jeremy has been violently assaulted in prison on multiple occasions. Angela and Jesse have also suffered. They have been raised to believe that they were raped. Although we are unsure what has transpired in Jesse’s life since he and his sister were forced to return home, we know that Angela has been in and out of group homes for persons with drug abuse and eating disorders, and has Tweeted about cutting herself and about contemplating suicide.
Now divorced, Julie and Jeff _X_ continue to find new ways of surrounding themselves with children. Julie recently became a foster mother to a special-needs toddler. Jeff married a woman decades younger than him, with whom he has fathered a new baby. On social media, he continues to post photos of his favorite knives.
Furthermore, the authorities involved in this travesty investigated many other sex crimes in Litchfield County, and we are left to wonder how many other lives of children, teens, and adults have been ruined by their incompetence. CAIT still operates today.[6A] James Fletcher still practices law. Only the judge who presided over Jeremy’s bench trial, Robert Brunetti, has “retired” — in 2014, after being caught up in a bribery scandal in which he admitted to leaking grand jury information. [6B]
Jeremy Barney is the only person who has been held accountable in this case — and he is the only child involved who would grow into his late thirties in maximum-security prison.
Today Jeremy is represented by Katharine Goodbody, Attorney at Law for the CT Innocence Project / Post-Conviction Unit.
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