Response to Ross Cheit's website
ManningDebunked.org
I'm pleased that Professor Ross Cheit has posted excerpts from the Halsey trial transcripts on the web.

I hope these transcripts will draw the attention of experts in the field of child testimony and suggestibility.

I won't write a thorough rebuttal of Cheit's opinions and assertions as offered at the ManningDebunked website. Such a rebuttal would involve endless repetitions of, "I didn't say this, I said that," disputes over misplaced emphasis, and so forth. I prefer to let both his tone and my work, speak for themselves. For example, to discuss what he says about what I say about the medical evidence, it would be simpler to refer the reader to what I actually said, rather than re-state it in full here.

As regards Ross Cheit's unprofessional language and mean-spirited debating tactics, I quote the American Association of University Professors:

College and university teachers are citizens, members of a learned profession, and officers of an educational institution. When they speak or write as citizens, they should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their special position in the community imposes special obligations. As scholars and educational officers, they should remember that the public may judge their profession and their institution by their utterances. Hence they should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should make every effort to indicate that they are not speaking for the institution.

Below, I provide two examples of how Cheit's website significantly misrepresents my published work, and one example of outright error about the trial transcript. I also give an example of how Cheit refers to the children's testimony in a misleading fashion.

I cannot ignore that he has deliberately impugned my integrity, so I provide comment about two items where he says I "fabricate" or "lie."