Another Reno victim:
In “The Child Terror,” FRONTLINE correspondent Peter J. Boyer travels to Dade County, Florida to explore the impassioned roots and controversial consequences of the nation’s 15-year legal battle against child sexual abuse. During the 1980s, Miami became ground zero in the crusade to prosecute child molesters. Many high-profile cases were prosecuted by the office of then-chief prosecutor Janet Reno who pioneered a national effort to bring child molesters to justice. Now, however, some of these cases are unraveling. In this report, FRONTLINE deconstructs two of the them, probing what went wrong.
Miami prosecutors charged the 14 year-old boy with sexually molesting a group of children he baby-sat at church. He was held in the Miami Juvenile Detention Center for two years, refused the State’s offer of a plea bargain, and finally went to trial. The jury acquitted him on all charges in May 1991.
In this letter, the jurors explain to Janet Reno why her office failed to make a convincing case.
One has to wonder what motivated the religious zeal with which Reno's tortured psyche created and convicted "child molesters."
The interview with the young man is very compelling. There is a special place in hell for Janet Reno...