Saturday, January 20, 2007

At Last Some Good News. Sort of.

An obsessed stalker who terrorised a leading psychiatrist, accusing him of rape and sending his fiancée death threats, was convicted of a prolonged and ruthless campaign of harassment. Reference.

Yesterday, she was jailed for nine years. Reference. For once, the judicial system has had the guts to jail a female offender. However the case raises a few disturbing issues.

Dr Jan Falkowski first came across Maria Marchese because he was treating her partner for psychiatric problems. There is no doubt a whole story there in itself. It seems very probable that this man was the victim of years of domestic violence.

Marchese became obsessed with Dr Falkowski, and researched his private life in detail. She began 'a prolonged and ruthless campaign of harassment'. For 11 months, she had bombarded the psychiatrist and Deborah Pemberton, who was then his fiancée, with menacing text messages, e-mails and telephone calls. She repeatedly threatened to murder Ms Pemberton, forcing the couple to cancel their wedding over fears for her life.

Having destroyed their relationship, Marchese then tried to ruin the consultant’s reputation and career, telling police that he had raped her in his office at St Clement’s Hospital in Bow, East London. She obtained a sample of his DNA to give credence to her accusations after rummaging through his dustbins for a condom.

Dr Falkowski was under suspicion for rape for almost 18 months before the case against him was dropped.
The judge said "if it had not been for his own DNA expert he would probably have served a seven-year sentence."

When the case was dropped she began stalking the Crown Prosecution Service lawyer responsible. Marchese bombarded targeted (sic) Kay Scudder with calls in a bid to get the case reinstated, even turning up at her office.

A probation officer who interviewed Marchese said she had an "exceptionally devious personality."

She threatened the doctor’s two children and contacted their relatives, friends and colleagues with messages and warnings.

She tried to turn her victims against each other, telling Miss Pemberton that her lodger had given away her secrets and telling Dr Falkowski that the Pembertons were selling information about him.

She drove Ms Pemberton to the brink of suicide, and succeeded in destroying the couple's relationship.

Marchese was convicted of harassment, making threats to kill and perverting the course of justice at a trial ending in September last year, but continues to protest her innocence and plans to appeal.

The judge also attacked the CPS and the police for not pressing charges against Marchesse when she was first arrested for harassment in 2003.

He said he was "baffled by the lack of action after she was held in Poole, Dorset, on the planned date of Dr Falkowski and Miss Pemberton's wedding, which had to be cancelled because of the abuse.

Another unbelievable example of inaction by the CPS. It really doesn't like to press charges against women, does it? When the CPS lawyer, Kay Scudder, realised that Marchese's allegations were malicious, and dropped the case against Dr Falkowski, why did she not press charges against her at the time? She did nothing, and allowed Marchese to carry on terrorising her victims. It seems likely that if Marchese had not begun to stalk and harass Scudder, she might never have been charged at all.

A particularly disturbing aspect of this case is the issue of DNA theft. Marchese took a used condom from Dr Falkowski's bin, and smeared the contents onto her underwear to authenticate her false allegations of rape.

I wonder what Wimmin Against Rape have got to say about that. They probably want to congratulate her.

If Dr Falkowski had not had the knowledge and financial resources that his profession conferred upon him, he would almost certainly have gone to prison. If he had been a working class man, he wouldn't have stood a chance.

The Crown Prosecution Service is in need of serious scrutiny. In case after case, these people demonstrate their fanatical anti-male bias. They just will not charge women, even when the evidence against them is clear.

We need to start putting some serious political pressure on to them.

Click here to write to the Attorney General's Office.

Click here to write to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Click here to write to your Member of Parliament.

Maria Marchese is now behind bars. Shannon Taylor is still walking the streets.

Demand Justice for Warren Blackwell

Warren Blackwell spent over three years in prison for a rape that never happened. The woman who accused him is a serial liar with a long history of making false accusations against innocent men. She still enjoys legal anonymity, and the Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to prosecute her. This situation is intolerable.

We need a letter-writing campaign to let the government know that we want a change in the law.

Click here to write to the Attorney General's Office.

Click here to write to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Click here to write to your Member of Parliament.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

The CPS - Who are these people?

Apparently, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to prosecute Shannon Taylor. She is the serial false accuser who sent Warren Blackwell to prison for three years and four months for a rape that never happened. Apparently "She changed her name at least eight times and moved between addresses in three counties in an attempt to cover her tracks". She has accused at least seven or eight men of attacking her, including both of her two husbands, her father and her son. She has a history of psychiatric problems and convictions for dishonesty. She has also claimed to be disabled, to have cancer and a brain tumour, so that she could claim state benefits. While Mr Blackwell was in prison, she had made another wild allegation of having been assaulted by another man, this time with a knife.

This woman is a clear and present danger to the public. The authorities now know all about her activities, stretching back years. And yet they refuse to do anything. What on earth is going on?

Apparently, the poor lamb didn't like it when Lord Campbell-Savours named her in Parliament. Apparently, doing anything to stop her rampage of lies would be creating a 'Setback' for all women who suffer sexual assault. But Shannon Taylor has never suffered a sexual assault.

"Lisa Longstaff of Women against Rape said: "We are appalled that Lord Campbell-Savours used parliamentary privilege in the House of Lords to aggravate the character assassination of this woman who reported rape. His naming her is extremely dangerous not only for her but also for all women faced with the decision of whether to report rape.

"We're seeing a backlash against everything women have been fighting for for years. The government and police are encouraging women to report - but when we do we risk being put on trial ourselves - and now being jailed or hounded in the House of Lords."

Why isn't Ms Longstaff concerned that false accusations damage the credibility of rape victims? The truth is that these feminist groups are not really concerned about women's welfare at all. They are only concerned about their own power and their generous budgets.

What about the rights of Warren Blackwell? They count for nothing. Why is he subject to character assassination? Why does she not see his defamation as a problem? There are larger political issues at stake here. A woman's right to lie with impunity. A feminist's right to destroy a man's life on a whim.

If Taylor commits these actions because of a mental illness, she needs to be sectioned on the grounds that she is a danger to others. If she is sane, and does it out of malice, she should be in prison. However, the Crown Prosecution Service has left her to walk the streets.

Nanny Harman, the justice minister, is more concerned about prosecuting men who pay for sex. The feminist agenda is at work. Prosecute men and imprison them, even on trumped up charges. Turn a blind eye to the appalling abusive behaviour of women. Apparently, that's how you undermine something called 'The Patriarchy'. Shannon Taylor still enjoys legal anonymity - officially at least.

Listen to Warren's interview on BBC Radio 4 here (RealPlayer format). Original page here.