Lisa Biron, a member of a Christian legal group who advocated against same-sex marriage and other conservative causes, was found guilty after a one-hour jury deliberation. The defendant faced eight counts of exploitation. The mother advertised her daughter for sex over the Internet. Encounters were videotaped by the defendant which included one on one, mother and daughter with a man, and mother performing oral on the daughter. The child who is 14 years old was listed as an 18-year-old roommate at one point.
Brandon Ore testified he had answered one of the ads "two girls, 18 and 33, looking to party." He moved in with them and later on found out they were mother and daughter and the daughter's real age. "The partying was out of control, the sex was out of control, and she was charging high rent," Ore said. He moved out after two months turning himself into the police triggering the mother's arrest.
The prosecution provided video after video of the mother's activity as child pornographer. At one point the judge ordered the video stopped. "This goes on for quite a while," the judge said, then ordered the prosecutor to skip to the end. The girl's father identified the voices on the tapes as those of his ex-wife and daughter. He cried uncontrollably and left the court room.
Also presented by the prosecution were recorded phone calls between the daughter and her mother in jail. Biron made comments such as she should have been a mother instead of a friend. She also called her daughter a liar and place blame for her arrest upon the daughter. Why was communication allowed between the abusing mother and the child?
A friend of the defendant testified for the prosecution. She stated they became friends 12 years ago after meeting in a Bible study group. She described the defendant as a deeply committed Christian. Biron credited Christianity with saving her from a life of drugs and alcohol.
Defense Attorney James Moir presented very little defense against the multitude of sex videos his client was charged with planning and producing. He called no witnesses. His closing argument stated the defendant didn't force her daughter to engage in the sex. Moir asked the jury to look past their moral outrage and emotions when they deliberate. It seems that his best defense for Biron against the evidence was to provide no defense and possibly lay ground for an appeal. U.S. Attorney John Kacavas' closing statements were far more impacting. "This is not her daughter's fault. Tell her by your verdicts she should have been a mother," Kacavas said. "The defendant was her pot pusher, her pornography producer, and her predator," he said.
The child who sat emotionless in the court room has been in foster care since her mother's arrest. The mother is facing 25 years in prison when she will be sentenced in April. No word is mentioned as to whether the men who answered the ads were facing charges. One male witness who answered an Internet ad stated the mother advertised her daughter as a virgin, but he did not know how young she was when the three met up in a motel. People answering elusive ads for sex on Internet sites know exactly what issues are being sidestepped by omission in the ads. It is why they are there in the first place.
The anti-gay Christian lawyer convicted of child pornography and incestal sex with her own daughter, describes herself as a torch-bearer of religious freedom on her Facebook profile. She was an Honor Corps member for her work with the Alliance Defending Freedom, recently renamed from the Alliance Defense Fund. The ADF was founded by religious leaders including Coral Ridge Ministries and Focus on the Family.
Lisa Biron dragged herself out of the ashes, away from the life of dependency and abuse she knew. She not only put herself through law school but graduated valedictorian of her college's graduate and professional studies program. "When I became pregnant with my daughter, I now had the responsibility for a second life," she said in her speech. How could such a deviant second life go so unnoticed in a life surrounded by extreme religious conservatives? No one picked up on any clues? There is a saying, every time you point your finger at someone, there is always three pointing back at you.
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