Monday, April 23, 2012

Documentary Tells a Story of Courage

EUGENE, Ore. -- The main reason the Lane County District Attorney’s Office was able to prosecute three young men who assaulted Riley Campbell behind a Eugene shopping center on May 9, 2007, is because of Campbell’s grand jury testimony.
That would not be remarkable in a typical criminal case, in which the victim is often a key witness.
But Riley, now 35, is developmentally disabled and autistic, and communicating is not exactly his strong point.
He is, however, a whiz with facts, reads piles of novels and comprehends the world around him. But he has difficulty expressing himself, especially when distressed.

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