Friday, May 15, 2009

(UPDATED) Long and Doran weren't even confident of the caller's age

And their suspicions were right. They thought "Sarah" had possibly given a fake name and age. (UPDATE, read comments. Their remarks probably refer to "Sarah" lying to the hospital, but how does that help?) UPDATE 2. Since it is now shown that they never called the hospital, it is just as I supposed the first time. They just thought she was lying about her name and age.
The San Angelo Standard-Times - "(Gerry)Goldstein also asked Brooks (Long) whether he told the judge that no records could be found of the caller's claimed visit to an area hospital. Brooks, after discussing the matter with Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran at the time, believed the girl could have given a false name and age."
How can you have probable cause then? The very officers who are "confidently" swearing to affidavits to support the warrant don't have confidence in two key facts. The name of the supposed abused and her age. How do you swear out a warrant for a crime against an unknown person that you haven't met, who won't give you their location? Her age? This is critical. A 33 year old woman who is claiming to be half that age is not the same kind of crime. Perhaps not even a crime at all. Under questioning he admits he had no confidence in key elements of the affidavit, but swears it out anyway.

If he doesn't believe her age, why does he believe she is at YFZ when she says she's at YZMIN? If he doesn't believe her name, why does he believe that her "husband" has been abusing her when he has every reason to believe that the "husband" hasn't set foot in the state at any time during the statute's period of limitations? These facts alone condemn the warrant, the idea of probable cause, and the subsequent raid.

I spent years in "all night" radio. I regularly got calls from girls saying they were going to kill themselves among other things. Is Brooks not familiar with people who do such things for attention? He's a Lieutenant now in the Texas Rangers. At the time, he was a Sargent. Unbelievable.

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Anonymous said...

I don't know. Does Long expect the judge to empathise with this uncertainty? Give him a pass because he was acting on his alleged emotions and irrational belief that some girl or woman or teenager or just someone, anyone, dammit, out on that there ranch was in danger, and so he needs a warrant quick, because it's been five days, and this anonymous person needs his help?

And who knows there could be someone out there among the hundreds that meet the description. Does Long play the lottery by any chance?

What a joke.

The Pharisee said...

It's been pointed out that this excerpt probably refers to Long and Doran thinking that the caller lied to the Hospital.

Ok. It refers to the hospital. How does that help? If she LIED to them, why is she telling the truth to Brooks and Long?

My bad then. They're talking about "Sarah" speaking to hospital.

Really, how does that help? The answer is, only slightly because the two keystone cops never stop to think, "Um, why do we think she's telling the truth to anyone?"

The Pharisee said...

I should never have doubted myself. They just thought she was lying. Heck, they probably already knew, since it is now shown they NEVER called the hospital.