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Another side of the Mahoney story?

Posted: March 22, 2012 10:16 a.m.
Updated: March 23, 2012 5:00 a.m.

In response to the C-I’s “Opinion” March 14 titled “Mahoney,” I did not feel that the paper was vituperious (blameworthy or disgraceful for those of us who had to look it up). However, the articles have been rather lengthy, maybe more than just the “straightforward” facts. This may have enhanced the angry responses, and please, when did newspapers quit having to sell? Just as you wrote, many friends of the Mahoneys think “surely this can’t be true.” This is especially true of those of us whose children, now in their 30’s, spent, literally, years over at the Mahoneys’ house. They, like their parents, are incredulous about the accusations and admissions. However, there may be another side of the story. A criminal attorney I spoke to asked me if there had been a divorce in the family: yes, and was there a child custody battle: unknown. The lawyer explained that often horrible accusations are made against the other side in order to win custody. I believe that a man like the Clarence Mahoney we know might be innocent, yet plead guilty, to avoid the trauma of having beloved children and grandchildren in court. Whatever is happening, my heart breaks for the Mahoney family, my dear friends.

(Publisher’s note: The Chronicle-Independent did not publish this story after Clarence Mahoney was accused of the crime, but rather, only after he was formally indicted by the Grand Jury for committing it.)

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