Jessica Mondillo’s Blog



Admittedly False Testimony Leaves Innocent Man in Prison

13 July 2009

A New York Times article reveals that William McCaffrey, who spent four years of a 20 year sentence for raping a woman, was falsely convicted.  The accuser, Biurny Peguero Gonzalez,  admitted to a priest and then later her lawyer that she had lied.  Despite recanting her testimony to the DA, McCaffrey remained in jail and his attorney has asked for him to be released.

I personally find it astonishing that the attorney has had to ask for his client to be released when they key witness admitted to lying.  Shouldn’t the U.S. legal system give more protection to innocent people, especially those who were wrongly imprisoned?

What I find worse about the case is that Gonzalez’s lawyer will not allow her to testify that McCaffrey is innocent without immunity for Gonzalez.  Although one of the main pieces of evidence will be gone, thus giving McCaffrey an increased chance of winning if the case gets brought to court again, to deny an innocent man help getting his name cleared when you know he is innocent is a terrible thing.  Despite seemingly good intentions from the lawyer (he doesn’t want her baby born in prison), if she gets charged and convicted, she deserves it.  Gonzalez lied to her friends, nurses, the police, and to a jury.  She could have stopped at any time, but instead she choose to continue her lie and even single out McCaffrey.  She did not have to go to the hospital (where they found no physical evidence except for a bite mark), or contact the police, or press charges.  Lying to her friends is one thing, but to continue the lie was unnecessary.  Gonzalez knowingly broke the law by lying because her friends were mad at her, which resulted in her ruining an innocent man’s life.  To say that she should be exempt from the law because she is pregnant seems absurd.   Although the idea that a child MAY be born in prison is horrible, is it right to say that a person should not face the consequences of her actions because she is pregnant? 

I feel that this is a problem with society: the idea that you need to avoid consequences even if it is at the expense of someone who did nothing wrong.  This case is just one example of a person trying to avoid her responsibility.  As a society have we really become so callous towards other people and self-centered that we do not care how our actions affect others?

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  1. * Kasey says:

    Listen Ms. Mondillo before choosing to comment on your blog about the Gonzalez case, make sure that you have the correct information. Half of the articles in the news papers aren’t correct. Granted Mr. McCaffrey may be innocent of rape but he is no little angel, he knows that he has lied about many things that happend that night he needs to remind himself that he wasnt invited in he forced himself in…..Inform yourself correctly before you decide t post your opinions on a blog…

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 10 months ago
    • * hoare says:

      Kasey,
      You should go to jail too. If a womans word alone carries so much weight in the matter of sexual assault they should also face the same sentence when it is discovered they were lying. 20 years isnt enough for this lying wench.

      | Reply Posted 7 years, 6 months ago
    • * Roger says:

      Whatever the case maybe a judge has determined that this man was wrongfully convicted and spent 4 years in jail for something he did not do.

      When the false accusers spends 20 days in jail I will grant your high horse attitude till them please STFU.

      | Reply Posted 7 years, 6 months ago
  2. * Pizza Neck says:

    THIS DECEITFUL LIAR NEEDS TO BE PUNISHED. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ALLOWING AN INNOCENT MAN TO LANGUISH IN PRISON FOR FOUR YEARS. HER PROPERTY SHOULD BE CONFISCATED AND GIVEN TO THIS GENTLEMAN TO TRY AND MAKE SOME RECOMPENSE FOR HIS TORTURE. SHE SHOULD SERVE TWO DAYS FOR EVERY DAY HE SERVED. HER ACTIONS ARE CONTEMPTIBLE!

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 7 months ago
    • * Roger says:

      Hell! I would be happy to see her serve just 1 day for every two days he spent in jail. Somehow I dont think her fingernail polish would last more than 12 days in jail

      | Reply Posted 7 years, 6 months ago
  3. * lynn vanO says:

    I agree, she has stolen four years of his life.

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 6 months ago
  4. * VCDaedalus says:

    Well, Kasey, it sounds like you were there. But since you didn’t post any details, you’re either lying, or you know that whatever you might have to share would make NO difference whatsoever. Going where you aren’t invited isn’t rape–unless you’re saying it is. Are you? Or are you just making shit up?

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 6 months ago
  5. * Michael Knight says:

    She should be skull-fucked until she bleeds white! Fuck that dirty little tramp and waste of space. She should be taken care of.

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 6 months ago
  6. * ihadno says:

    Some rapist should get a a”freebie” off her now. What a lowlife piece of trash. I hope her cooch rots….

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 6 months ago


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