The more I learn about Tim's case, the more it really smells. I learned over the weekend that:
He was given 1.5 hours to decide whether or not to accept the plea deal originally.
His attorney did get the prosecution to take 1 more day and presented a counter-offer, which, after some negotiation, the state accepted.
There was an expectation that there was a possibility of a reduced sentence in the 3-15 year range, with the hope of getting out in 2.5 years. I don't quite know the details of this because Tom wasn't really clear on how the system works or what the various terms meant.
Tim was researching how to defend against "false memory" used as testimony. This is likely one of the kinds of things a good lawyer would go after, using expert witness psychologists, etc. ($$).
I don't believe Tim's lawyer ever used the defense that he was applying medication to his daughter's private area. I was shocked when I heard that, but I think I'm going to have to confirm that somehow.
I understand why Tim wasn't as public about this case as the gun case because there is so much shame associated with sex crimes. I did find someone whom he disclosed his whole story to and he did proclaim his complete innocence to that party.
I learned more about all the family dynamics, a hateful (step)father-in-law who pledged his last dime to "get Tim", a younger brother who turned against him, an uncle who harbored and coached Tim's wife, MaryLisa. A very bad scene to be in, and, after having been smeared by the newspaper coverage of the arrest and having that hanging over him, he was fired from his job and couldn't get another, hence couldn't afford anything more than the public defender.
It really appears that he was just grist for the mill of divorce weaponry and child welfare hysteria. It was a machine that didn't really care if he did it or not, but just presumed he was guilty and tried to crush him in every way it could between the cold, insensitive gears.
"Best legal system money can buy."