The attorney, John R. Osgood of Lee's Summit, chastises the Turner Report for its "slanted, one-sided report," and accused me of a mounting a "despicable effort to smear the doctor before he has had a chance to confront the accuser."
He asked me to remove the post from this website.
I know of few instances in which the reporting of felony charges of any kind against any person would not initially be considered slanted. The public information that is available comes completely from court rccords and the information that is put in the records, at least initially, comes from the prosecuting attorney's office and law enforcement agencies. It was noted that Dr. Goins pleaded not guilty and the time of his next scheduled hearing is provided.
While there are instances in which a person is wrongfully accused, the filing of felony charges, and in this case, the arraignment has already been held, makes it legitimate news and something that is of interest to the community.
That being said, while I do not intend to remove the post, I have no problem with providing the attorney's e-mail, which includes a defense of his client:
Dear Mr. Turner: It has come to my attention that you have posted a story on your blog about Doctor Goins being charged with statutory rape of a 16 year old.
Fortunately under our constitution and system of justice Doctor Goins is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt which means confrontation by his accuser in court and a right to confront all the evidence and answer these spurious uncorroborated salacious charges.. The probable cause statement you refer to is nothing short of shameful in its vagueness and utter absence of any corroborating evidence you would expect to see in such a document such as medical evidence, precise dates, reference to corroborating witnesses and their testimony, and forensic evidence. A preliminary hearing is set for June at which time the state will need to at least prove probable cause to bind over the Doctor for trial in circuit court, something that is highly doubtful..
Your slanted one sided report is a despicable effort to smear the Doctor before he has had a chance to confront the accuser or before we know even slight information from her as to her allegations, when they are alleged to have happened and whether it was reported at the time to authorities and so on. In the meantime you are jeopardizing the reputation and a well established staff physician who is providing a valuable service to our community.
Your report is cheap sensationalism without the slightest mention of corroborating evidence. I hope you will rethink this and consider removing it until the Doctor has had his day in court at the preliminary hearing in June of this year at which time we fully expect the charges will be dropped..
John R. Osgood
Attorney at Law
112 SW 3rd Street, Suite One
Lees Summit, Missouri 64063
Joplin doctor pleads not guilty to statutory rape, sodomy charges