Aisling McCarthy Brady
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There is something very rotten about the case against the Irish nanny accused of murdering a one-year old tragic toddler in Cambridge Mass in January 2013.
In fact it stinks to high heavens of prosecutorial misconduct.
Little Rehma Sabir suffered horrific injuries and died a few days after she was found in the care of the nanny who was charged amid much media fanfare.
Folks who know the nanny, Aisling McCarthy Brady, have always said they would be shocked beyond belief if the charges held up in court.
A friend I know visits her frequently. He says without a shadow of doubt he believes she is innocent and has said so from day one. He is not a man to get such judgments wrong.
What we may have here is a runaway prosecutor who grabbed cheap and sensational headlines when the case first broke.
Former Middlesex County prosecutor Gerry Leone framed the case for the media starring Aisling Brady McCarthy as the illegal Irish nanny from hell. He’s now long gone from the case having got his headlines.
Now it turns out that much of that reporting and innuendo was false,
The tragic child had certainly been abused, but it appears the worst injuries happened weeks before the January 2013 death and at a time when the baby’s mother had traveled with the child to her native Pakistan and Aisling McCarthy was thousands of miles away.
That was the testimony given by the medical experts for the prosecution, not the defense. They found compression fractures of the spine occurred weeks before the death, at a time when the nanny was nowhere near the child.
It took the defense months to get that evidence from the prosecution who have already incurred the judge’s ire with their slow response to defense requests to share evidence.
Why would they be foot dragging?Could it be they realize this case is just one vast overblown, overhyped accusation against an innocent woman?
Aisling McCarthy Brady is an undocumented, very vulnerable woman who has proclaimed her innocence and who has found massive community support in Boston.
All along that community has defended her loyally and warned that the true story has not yet come out.
The Boston Herald reports that Rehma Sabir’s parents, who haven’t been charged with anything, have “retained the services of Elliot Weinstein, a defense lawyer of some note, whose list of clients includes Neil Entwistle, now doing life for the murders of his wife and infant daughter.”