Praising a judge for his "courageous decision," the 4th District Court of Appeal Thursday cleared the way for a new trial for three men convicted of molesting one of the men's three daughters.
In a controversial decision, Superior Court Judge Ronald E. Owen had thrown out a jury verdict convicting the men and ordered a new trial. Owen asserted that the one daughter who was primarily responsible for the accusations lacked credibility as a witness. County prosecutors sought to block the new trial but lost their bid at the appellate level.
Siding with Owen Thursday, the appellate court praised him for "a most courageous decision in a highly publicized child molestation case." The court did note that the girls' story was "shocking."
Larry Meyerson, 44, of Garden Grove; his father, Sidney Meyerson, 69, of Fullerton, and Robert Sonnickson, 57, a family friend from Garden Grove, were convicted in August, 1984, on a total of 44 child molestation counts. The victims listed were Larry Meyerson's two stepdaughters, ages 10 and 14 at the time, and his 17-year-old adopted daughter.