Couple Who Caged Autistic Children Not Guilty on All Charges
The general public do not regard autistic people as human beings. This was proven again yesterday when a jury found John Eckhart and Alayna Higdon not guilty of all charges after the prosecution showed that they were keeping his autistic children in a caged room:
After the six-day trial, the panel of six men and six women deliberated for four hours before deciding the Vancouver couple’s restraint of the young boys was reasonable for their safety.
“It was a fair decision,” a juror said, as she left the courtroom.
Another juror, Michael Simonson, said outside the courtroom that most of the jurors had decided to acquit as soon as they began deliberating, save for one holdout juror who eventually agreed with the others. Verdicts in criminal cases have to be unanimous.
Simonson said he felt the case had been blown out of proportion.
“I guess what distresses me is that this went this far — that this couldn’t be resolved” earlier, Simonson said.
I did cry.
I still might vomit.