Ted White’s Comments …..After U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit Court Ruling May 17, 2010
May 18, 2010
By Mary Pechar
Exclusive Tribune interview with Ted White
Ted White calls himself a very blessed man, one with a wonderful wife and baby daughter and an incredibly loving, giving family. He is also very ecstatic with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit’s unanimous ruling upholding a $15,000,000 jury verdict for violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.
Once again, the affirmation that no one, the City of Lee’s Summit, the Lee’s Summit Police Department or the Prosecutors did the right thing in the case involving his alleged molestation of his former step-daughter.
Speaking from his home in Utah, Ted commented, “There are no constitutional issues to take this to the Supreme Court, this was a unanimous decision and it finally ends this 12 year ordeal. Now the city needs to do the right thing, they need to settle the account with me. You know, I went to a City Council meeting and not one of them would look me in the eye. They have laughed and belittled me. No one has ever apologized to me. It is a travesty that the citizens of Lee’s Summit will have to pay for this.”
“I lost my children,” Ted continued, “and they meant everything to me in the world. I was a good father and loved my kids. You never stop loving your kids. My Dad doesn’t have a lot longer to live, I want to make sure my parents are paid back for all they suffered and gave up to support me through all of this.”
Ted and I talked for quite awhile. I heard no bitterness. I heard undying love, respect and appreciation for his family and their sacrifice and unwavering support. I heard continued love and heart ache at having lost his three children, not just his biological son, but the step children he adopted with no differentiation – simply his children. I heard a man who “gets up in the morning, puts his pants on and carries on”.