Susan Burke, the plaintiff's attorney, has given TWW permission to reprint the following statement, verbatim.
We (the victims and the lawyers) all knew about the statute issue at the outset. But fighting for justice means doing so even against known obstacles. We had a conspiracy theory to overcome the statute but the Court rejected it. The victims are all brave and courageous people whose willingness to fight against evil has already made a difference in the world. Also, please realize going forward with a civil lawsuit does not in any way prevent criminal actions – perhaps may even make it more likely. And please keep praying, as we think the Court erred, and will be appealing her ruling.
All the best,
Susan L. Burke
What does this mean? The law is a bit like sausage. It is disgusting while being made but it can turn out just fine. After analyzing what little I knew last night, I came to the conclusion that yesterday's ruling may, in the long run, be to the benefit of the plaintiffs. Sometimes it is important to get technical issues out of the way before the actual trial. But, then again, I am no lawyer, just someone who likes to watch court cases discussed by pundits.
On Monday, I plan to address the seeming joy of some of the Calvinista brotherhood upon learning that the majority of the lawsuit was thrown out on a technicality. How very illuminating! Do they think that God is more interested in "statutes of limitation" or His children? Did any of them mention concern for the alleged wounded children? I'll answer that on Monday but, more and more, these appear to be rhetorical questions.
Please pray for Attorney Burke, her staff, the plaintiffs and for truth and justice.
Update 5/18 4:42 PM- A statement by Pam Palmer, aka SGM Not, and the mother of Renee Palmer Gamby
Yesterday, the defendants evaded their day in court on technicalities. This ruling was not judged on the merits of our claim. It does not indicate anything about the truth of the horrific facts of our Second Amended Complaint, nor the guilt of those responsible. Justice is a slow process and this is not the end of that process – we are in this fight for the long haul.
The legal difficulties for SGM, et al is NOT going away anytime soon. We will be appealing this decision. And as reported recently on the news and internet, a criminal investigation is forthcoming. God is faithful and this is ultimately His fight. He hates evil done to the least of His — that definitely includes little, innocent children.
I am so proud of the young women and men, who have stood up, told their stories and joined this legal battle, knowing that criticism or difficulties would come — and they did it anyway, as a step of empowering for themselves and for protection of other little children. That is love. That is being Christ-like. That is true courage.