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Cheers and jeers

November 23, 2013
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To getting out of jail free. In Rensselaer, John Halacy, accused of sexually abusing two girls, ages 13 and 14, walked out of court Wednesday a free man - for now. He had been facing 19 felonies, including rape. He didn't walk out because a jury of his peers judged him to be innocent, but because a prosecutor in the district attorney's office failed to follow paperwork procedures and time ran out to indict him. This situation has left many people frustrated. In addition, anonymous people have posted vicious comments on TV?websites attacking the girls, their parents and everyone but the person accused. It's frightening to think the people posting the comments could end up being peers on the jury. This was not the first time Halacy has been arrested; we'd be surprised if it's the last.



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