Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Freshwater Termination Hearing Phase Two Begins Today

Righting First Amendment Wrongs

Well the second phase of the Freshwater Termination Hearing got underway today. The hearing should end by the end of the week, hopefully.

Yesterday (Monday) Zachary Dennis' mother, Jenifer, spoke to the Columbus Dispatch revealing her son’s side of the story. She also unveiled a new effort her family is heading up to try to prevent any future “whistle blowing” child, who reports a teacher, from having to “go public” and face their accusers.

Today (Tuesday) phase two of the hearing started off with questioning of the 14 year old student, Zachary Dennis, who alleges that he was branded with a cross by Mr. Freshwater. The mother also testified that her son said his arm hurt and that he could not sleep the night he was “branded.” Although he did testify that he practiced hockey after school. John Freshwater’s attorney did not cross examine neither the boy nor his mother, because of what new information the mother had provided the Columbus Dispatch newspaper the day before. It seems that the media was privy to much of the information in this case even before the defendant’s attorney had the information. I think that the media is being, more then willingly I might add, used to influence public opinion against Mr. Freshwater.

Next John Freshwater was questioned by the School Board’s attorney. The school board asked him about several videos where he had publicly made statements about the case.

You can read more about the hearings and coverage of this case in the articles below.

Hearing Underway In Freshwater Case

Teacher's accusers pushing for safeguards, Mount Vernon mother regrets scrutiny her son endured after 'burning'

A hearing for Mt. Vernon teacher John Freshwater resumed today

Parents Of Student In Mt. Vernon Teacher Case Speak Out

Mother of boy at center of John Freshwater case speaks out, Hearing continues Tuesday for teacher accused of burning boy's arm with electrical device

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? You are saying the media is being used AGAINST him? He appeared on Larry Elder Live, his friend appeared on Geraldo and he has been in the media since April! He called a press conference on April 16th and has had the media at the board of Education meetings. There are also two websites for him that have been up and running for a long time. They even have a special "If You Are MEDIA Click Here" link.