Legal experts comment on Meroney case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Legal experts comment on Meroney case

Ron Meroney's accuser came forward more than 30 years after she says she was raped as a child. A Maryland grand jury's decision to indict made Meroney the top story.

"And they didn't hear from Ron, any other information, just what she had to say," says his attorney Mark Mesler.

Defense attorney Leslie Ballin says one side of the story is often all a grand jury gets.

"The prosecution presents a witness, more times than not a police officer, who simply reads off a report," says Ballin.

Ballin believes an indictment is merely a prosecutor's rubber stamp.

"It's often been said that a prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich if they wanted to," says Ballin.

"An indictment only comes after a good deal of work," says Larry Parrish.

Parrish is a former federal prosecutor. He says evidence was always solid before he sought an indictment.

"Well over 95% of the people who are indicted are convicted by a trial jury," says Parrish.

But Ballin believes the indictment itself means nothing.

"It puts that person on notice of what they're accused of--it carries no weight whatsoever," says Ballin.

"You ask these same defense lawyers--how many of these indicted people are you able to get acquitted?" asks Parrish.

Regardless, Ron Meroney's reputation may have already suffered.

Meanwhile, Meroney is still in Memphis. Prosecutors in Maryland tell Action News 5 he hasn't surrendered himself to their custody yet. His lawyer, Mark Mesler, says the legal parties are still trying to determine what bond might be available for Meroney.

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