Wisconsin’s Barbaric Justice System

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 5.38.30 PMWisconsin’s barbaric justice system strikes again! Morgan Geyser, 12 at the time of the incident known nationally as the Slender Man Stabbing, has been officially charged as an adult. The Court of Appeals, composed of Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer, and Judges Paul Reilly and Brian Hagedorn, affirmed County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren’s decision from August 10th, 2015. Their decision cited the following conclusion, “The circuit court properly “examined the relevant facts, applied a proper standard of law, and [used] a demonstrated rational process” to reach a reasonable discretionary decision to retain adult jurisdiction of Geyser.”

This conclusion is based on the following Wisconsin's Barbaric Justice System legal criteria, discussed by Bruce Vielmetti in his recent Court of Appeals article: “1) That the girls could not get needed treatment in the adult system; 2) That prosecuting them as adults is not the only way to deter others from similar crimes; 3) That the transfer would “not depreciate the seriousness of the offense.”” According to Bohren these criteria were not met, similarly the Court of Appeals stated, “We will not overturn a circuit court’s discretionary determination if the record reflects that discretion was exercised; instead, we will seek out reasons to sustain the decision.”

Interestingly and sadly, the Court of Appeals Decision was based on misinformation. Under “WIS. STAT. § 970.032(2)(c): Deterrence” the following misinformation was cited, “Geyser does not believe that she is mentally ill, and she refuses to take medication.” Morgan’s mother, Angie Geyser, explains, “Morgan has never refused medication. This has been reported inaccurately so often that the media seems to have managed to skew the opinions of the courts. She has been 100% compliant with medication and treatment. The media needs to stop spreading this untruth.” Morgan has been fighting the media all along. The media has demonized Morgan in its endless effort to turn a buck from the misery of the world. Unfortunately they have succeeded in infiltrating the minds’ of Wisconsin Judges.

Wisconsin's Barbaric Justice System Despite resistance from Prosecutors and Judges, Morgan started taking medication after successfully achieving civil commitment to a state mental hospital, approximately seven months ago. We use the word “achieve” because she fought to be committed, and fought to have medication, not vice versa. Angie Geyser explains further, “She has developed insight into her illness, and wants to continue on the path to recovery, keeping her in the adult system, with the possibility of eventually ending up incarcerated in an adult prison, will do nothing but ensure that this does not happen.” (Court of Appeals article, Vielmetti)

Wisconsin's Barbaric Justice System What of the law itself? Wisconsin tries 10 year olds as adults? Tod Haller of Fox 9 (KMSP) in neighboring Minnesota explains, “In Minnesota, this only happens when someone is at least 16 years old and they’re charged with first-degree murder. But in Wisconsin, they only have to be 10 years old — it applies to a few types of murder charges including attempted first-degree murder, which the girls are charged with in the “slender man” case.” So if we look beyond the Slender Man Stabbing media sensationalism, and misinformed Judges poised to “seek out reasons to sustain the decision”, the state of Wisconsin is comfortable charging 10 year olds as adults: Barbaric! We are calling out to all of those who would be Morgan Geyser’s voice – please comment, share on social media, and/or donate for a free sticker promoting Morgan’s cause. Get involved locally and lobby for the causes that speak to you!

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    Jessica

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    This breaks my heart and keeps me up nights. 12 year olds dont make long tr decisions, let alone one who is sick. I can not fathom how this judge sleeps at night.

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      Jamie

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      It sad what this state dose to people..not have I ever seen this state really help out those who really need it .. but if you have lot of baby’s and don’t work you get every thing paid for ..but like what was said one the stupid media and HBO got their ass involved a picture was painted .. I have known this family since I was 16 years old they have done more for me then they would know .. my heart goes out to you guys and I pray every day for you guys

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    Joaquin

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    That’s really sad. The only hope left is making Morgan recieve her much needed mental health treatament in any case. It’s also sad seeing how in the media many act like they have won a war or the Superbowl, among with the fact that a state can sentence a 10 years old to life looks invisible to many human rights groups.

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    Stephanie

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    When I initially saw the news reports regarding this case I was very troubled by the callousness of the crime. I did not see how these girls could talk so nonchanately about such a serious subject. However, when a person is hearing voices telling them to do something it becomes a much different situation. I am assuming that the friend Anissa went along with it for acceptance, or maybe Morgan convinced her that she too would be in danger as well as her family.
    This is a situation in which I felt the judge was completely wrong for trying these girls as adults. I recently was reading about the James Bulger case in England. Two boys skip school and decide to kidnap a baby and throw it on the train tracks. What they actually did was much worse. THAT is a completely different scenario than Morgan and Anissa’s. Both of those boys went to Juvenille Facilities and were relased in a very short amount of time and they succeeded in the death of that little 3 year old child. That is evil. When a little girl is hearing voices and reacting out of fear, that is a much different thing. The judge should be sensitive to the motive and I think he is not. I feel that he is trying to abate a public that is outraged and these poor girls lives will be ruined for it.

    It is indeed hard to separate the victim from the accused. If I think only of the victim in this crime I would say lock them up for the rest of their lives, and what if she had died, why should these girls get to live life free. However, if you connect the accused to the circumstance you can clearly see the mental state of Morgan, and that it was untreated took her chance at a full life. Those girls will always be plauged by what has happened. They will suffer and have.

    I hope something changes, although I read that the appeals court upheld the circuit judge’s decision to try them as adults.

    I feel that this is a true injustice.

    IMO

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    Mayra

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    I just finished watching the HBO documentary. I feel so bad for this girls and I wish that the parents would look in to finding this girls better lawyers first cuz what I have seen on tv these girls should have been home. U need to look outside that box that you r in cuz if u don’t these girls don’t have a chance. I can’t believe what the judge did n believe it or not he’s trying to make a statement on them, better lack of words , this judge is going to give them something that they don’t deserve. I have seen this going on in to many small towns. I have so much to say about this, it’s literally driving me crazy. For the parents look for better defense attorneys like N.Y.

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