Manning Questions Opponent's Sincerity In Claimed Support For Three Strikes Law
Mary-Ellen Manning, the Governor’s Councillor and a candidate for State Senate, was asked by the Salem News about her stand on the three strikes law and contrasted her position with that of her opponents. In response, John Slattery resorted to name-calling when confronted with his career choice to defend serial child rapists. Attorney Slattery is not a public defender—he selects his criminal clients, no matter how despicable, and defends them in exchange for money and without grounds.
In defending this three-time child rapist, Slattery chose to make one of the lowest and most baseless appellate arguments imaginable, an argument the Court rejected: Attorney Slattery argued that his client's conviction for raping an 11-year-old Peabody girl was UNFAIR because the jury was allowed to learn, DESPITE HIS OBJECTION, about his client’s prior history of raping TWO other girls. Slattery didn't want the jury to know that his client was a three-time child rapist, and he doesn't want the voters to know the truth either.
Attorney Slattery's meritless defense of his serial child rapist client provides insight into Slattery's purported views on repeat offenders—an insight that is germane to the Melissa's Law debate. In reinventing himself to run for office, Slattery the candidate would have the voters believe that he is in favor of Melissa's Law, which increases prison time upon the third conviction for heinous offenses, such as child rape or assaulting an elderly person. Now that it has been revealed how Slattery the attorney really feels, that it is unfair to the child rapist for the jury to consider his prior conviction for child rape, Slattery the candidate is upset. The voters, most of them parents, will judge Slattery for the choices he has made and for what he has done—especially when it is contrary to his campaign rhetoric.
Mary-Ellen Manning (D-Peabody) is the elected Governor's Councillor for North Shore and a candidate for State Senate. For more information about Manning’s candidacy visit www.maryellenforsenate.com.