Open Letter to Once-Hailed Wesson Prosecutor: Your Bias is Showing

Lisa Gamoian, Presiding Judge for Fresno Superior Court

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Lisa Gamoian, Presiding Judge for Fresno Superior Court

Story By: Tamika Rey, News Editor

Most residents from the Fresno and surrounding areas remember the high profile case of Marcus Wesson. Wesson, the mass murderer who was convicted of nine counts of first degree murder in 2005, because jurors concluded although he hadn’t fired any shots, he had convinced his children to enter into a murder-suicide pact.

These children died. All nine of his children. Among these children were grandchildren he had also fathered. Gaining him 14 counts of rape and molestation. Gross.

Let me reveal to you something more gross. The at the time Chief Deputy District Attorney, Lisa Gamoian was for the People of Fresno County. Gamoian is currently sitting behind a judge’s desk, judging people. But do we want Gamoian judging us?

In the Wesson trial, it was founded that he had fathered a number of his grandchildren with his own children, again with the incest. Barf.

Gamoian questioned Wesson’s wife, Elizabeth Wesson while on the stand as to rather or not she knew of the incest. As I read through transcripts, I imagined the scene in my head. Elizabeth on the stand and Gamoian yelling at her as Elizabeth cries. I’ve been there, but as Gamoian sat at her bench.

Gamoian seems to ignore certain elements of her cases. “I feel like she didn’t take both sides into consideration,” says James Lollis, a former FCC student. “She didn’t even question all of the witnesses I had,” said Lollis.

She didn’t question my witnesses either. She ignored their official credentials as a mandated reporter and said she wouldn’t hear her testimony.

I’ve felt the same degree of scrutiny from Gamoian, as she would bark things at me from her bench such as, “I’m solely focused on you,” and, “there is no trial,” during my proceedings.

Gamoian has since left family law, and now sits unbecomingly and judgingly behind another department bench. Well in the fine words of Guillermo Diaz, an actor from The Chappelle Show, “Wrap that gavel up B.”

Gamoian grilled Wesson’s wife while she was on the stand, but when I presented her with undeniable evidence she, “wouldn’t hear me on those matters.” What does that mean? I’m assuming, “What she just said.” Because she sure as h-e double hockey sticks didn’t hear much I had to say.

When I explained to her why I had become so angry that my kids’ dad had knowingly taken our children around my abusive mother, she sent me and my children balling all the way to a creepy visiting agency. No we weren’t hitting three pointers, we were crying uncontrollably.

Gamoian had victim blamed me for exposing my mother when I revealed the heinous actions she had committed with me as a child. If this weren’t her true intentions, why did we get punished for telling?

And why did she make the comments, “If dad doesn’t want you to talk about it, don’t talk about it.” Talk about what? Child molestation and how much it makes me justifiably angry?

But wait. Is it premature to assume Gamoian is pushing an agenda set on grooming me into a society that adopts the abuse of children as status quo, when she so intently wanted to know why Elizabeth Wesson didn’t report what was going on with her own children? No, it’s not premature to assume.

I gave her CPS reports, visiting agency reports, police reports, failed drug tests from the other party, multiple certificates and completed self-initiated programs from myself, prescriptions for meds for the children from doctors that dad had refused to keep handy at their schools, and so on and so forth.

And yet the other party in my case has completed not one single court-ordered program or self-initiated program, otherwise.

Children haven’t taken lightly to Gamoian’s actions either, exclaiming at the supervised agency, “Yay! I’m glad your mom is dead for what she did to you,” and “this is why we have to come here.”

That, and they are also under the impression I, “took too long to sign up,” when referring to why it had taken months from the time I last seen Gamoian peering at me behind her bench, to even see my children at that creep-place agency. I’ll assume that idea was something suggested to them by their dad, kind of like a murder-suicide pact.

Gamoian also seems very adamant about that particular agency. No matter how hard my children and I fought to stay at one agency, something even suggested by a Fresno County Behavioral Health Counselor because children need stability even in their physical surroundings, she forced us to go to that particular one.

But I’m no weirdo extreme. I’ll never believe it’s all right to rape, molest or murder children.

But most importantly, I in no way feel it is the best interest of a judicial figure to ignore the fact that it should be common knowledge that you should never blame the victim. No child ever sits around provoking anyone to harm them.

People who victim blame focus on the victim and bark at them grudgingly and unapologetically, highlighting their strong bias that the victim somehow should have tried to “get out.” Would you blame the Wesson child for her horrific diary entries? I wouldn’t blame her ever.

Well Gamoian, if people are telling you something, whether you want to listen or not, sometimes you have to hear from all sides. I’m going to make sure someone hears us.