California sentencing hearing - Jehovah's Witnesses are going to be there to support a convicted child molester, can you come to support the victims?
Can you stand in court with a silent lamb?
On November 11, 2003 Howard Kanehe a Jehovah's Witness in good standing was convicted of molesting his daughter, in addition, his step daughter also offered testimony of her molestation but her testimony was kicked out due to the statue of limitations in California. This was used as a basis to mount an appeal of the original sentencing.When the younger daughter made known she was going to press charges her father beat her and afterward her Jehovah's Witness mother forced her out of the home, she had to live in her car till her sisters offered assistance.The mother has since disowned her daughters, (the sisters remain baptized JW's in good standing) remains married to the convicted child molester, goes to court to offer him support and is auxiliary pioneering this month. This Monday was to be the sentencing hearing and twelve plus Jehovah's Witnesses appeared to offer character statements for the convicted child molester.They were dressed in their best clothes and carried Watchtowers that they studied during part of the court proceeding while giving negative looks to the victims of this pedophile.
This apparently is not a new practice of Jehovah's Witnesses please review this link to see two recent cases in which similar actions by Jehovah's Witnesses occurred.
As you see in the Erica Rodriguez case and the Paul Berry case Jehovah's Witnesses offered character statements for convicted child molesters that remained members of the congregation.There character statements for both men were very similar in which they first identified what a good worker the molester was how honest he was and how some would want him to baby sit their children.It appears home office is coercing members into offering character statements for child molesters as well as offering them a guideline as to what to say.If you were a child molester what better refuge could you have?
Apparently this information was part of the congregation record as well in that Howard Kanhe was disfellowshipped in the early summer of 2002 for confessing to child molestation yet he was reinstated latte summer of 2002 due to his great "repentance." At silentlambs we have to wonder how beating your victim when they attempt to press charges qualifies as repentance.
These young women should be supported and we are asking anyone that can to be there at the Riverside District court and stand with them on their side of the courtroom.Up to this point they have stood alone against the intimidation tactics of the local Jehovah's Witnesses.If you can come or support someone else to be there please send a donation to silentlambs.Can you assist with airfare? If so let us know as we have that that would like to be there that need assistance in this regard.
We are asking each person that attends to bring a toy lamb to represent the victims of abuse.If you wish to send a note of support to these young women you can do so at this email address firstname.lastname@example.org will be glad to see that they get it.
As with all events of silentlambs it is a grass root effort that comes together because people are moved from their hearts to do something.If there was ever a time for this to happen this is one of them. We ask for your help and support to not let these brave women stand alone.If you can attend or help with this in anyway please contact silentlambs as quickly as possible or call 270-703-2257.
Below are instructions to where the courthouse is located and also directions for reservations to a local hotel with rates of around $60 per night that is located close to the courthouse. There sentencing hearing will be at on Friday morning so plan to be there at least fifteen minutes early.
Econo Lodge Riverside
10705 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA92505
Riverside District Court
Address: 3470 Twelfth Street Riverside, CA92501 Phone: (951) 328-4450 Directions: From Los Angeles:Take the San Bernardino Freeway (10) east to the (215) south to the (91) west (the sign will read "Beach Cities"). Go one mile, then exit on 14th Street. Turn right onto 14th Street. Make a right turn onto Lime Street. Make a left turn onto 12th Street. Court is located at 3470 Twelfth Street. Parking is available at 3535 12th Street. From OrangeCounty:Take the (55) Freeway north to the (91) Freeway east. Exit on 14th Street. Turn left onto 14th Street. Make a right turn onto Lime Street. Make a left turn onto 12th Street. Court is located at 3470 Twelfth Street. Parking is available at 3535 12th Street. Parking: One and two hour parking is available on Main Street.
Action Date Action TextDispositionHearing Type 11/12/2004 8:30 AM DEPT. 52HEARING ON REMITTITUR ACTIVE 11/08/2004 DEPT. 52HEARING ON REMITTITUR DISPOSED Minutes HONORABLE J. THOMPSON HANKS PRESIDING.
COURTROOM ASSISTANT: HRC-H. CHAVEZ
COURT REPORTER: TW-T. WEBSTER
PEOPLE REPRESENTED BY DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY JOHN HENRY.
DEFENDANT REPRESENTED BY PVT-FRANK WILLIAMS.
AT , THE FOLLOWING PROCEEDINGS WERE HELD:
COURT AND COUNSEL CONFER REGARDING: PERSON TO ADDRESS THE COURT IS NOT PRESENT
HEARING CONTINUED TO 11/12/2004 AT IN DEPARTMENT 52 PURSUANT TO STIPULATION OF COUNSEL.
DEFENDANT ORDERED TO RETURN.
BAIL TO REMAIN AS FIXED.
REMAINS REMANDED TO CUSTODY OF RIVERSIDE SHERIFF.
MINUTE ORDER PRINTED TO ROBERTPRESLEYDETENTIONCENTER.