Monday, August 25, 2003
Jacqueline Barkely, 38, had hired a lawyer to help her bring a lawsuit against
a woman whom she accused of sexual misconduct.
That accusation was false.
When Barkley's lawyer, Steven Anderson, 45, spurned his client's cards and letters
professing her love, she then made false allegations that Anderson had raped her
on the floor of the lawyer's office.
Barkley went so far as to send text
messages to one of Anderson's legal partners that appeared to be from Anderson
and contained a "confession" to the rape.
Barkley was found guilty of
wasting police time and breach of the peace, but only received a 9 month jail
sentence for her lies. That's a relatively light sentence for charges that could
have ruined Anderson's career and left him facing legal proceedings if the charges
had been believed.
Woman in false rape claim gets 9
months. Ausian Cramb, Daily Telegraph (UK), August 2, 2003.