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Oakleys seek sanction against opposing attorney for inappropriate comments about their son


May 22, 2013
Mark & Kim Oakley of VC are seeking sanctions against the attorney who represents one of the two nurses convicted of abusing their severely autistic son, Jamie Oakley, 24 who was in their care for several months.

The Oakleys filed a complaint on May 7 against Attorney Karolyn Elizabeth Kovtun, defense attorney for Matthew Alexander McDuffie, 28, for allegedly referring to Jamie Oakley as a "retard."

According to the complaint, in December of last year Deputy District Attorney Natalie Villaflor and Detective Maureen Perkins reported that they heard Kovtun say, "My client is a saint for having to put up with that retard."

According to the complaint, "Kovtun then went upstairs to the 5th floor of the Family Protection Unit of District Attorney's office in Vista California, stomped in and told Deputy District Attorney, Keith Watanabe, 'I'm here for the retard case.' "

Kim Oakley told The Roadrunner, "I can't let this ruthless defense attorney get away with dehumanizing my autistic son. Or insulting the special needs community."

Michael Garritson, 62, of Valley Center, the other nurse in the case, was recently convicted of two felony and four misdemeanor counts. He was caught on tape committing acts of brutality on Jamie Oakley, including gouging his eyes and yanking him by the hair and slamming his head onto the ground.

Jamie's mother, Kim Oakley, said she is outraged that Garritson has, "gotten away with it." "The judge gave him a pathetic three years of probation. Just like the judge did in the animal cruelty case. He just keeps getting away with his abuse of innocent and vulnerable life. I can only hope God's justice is the justice

we are seeking for our son," she said.

McDuffie was found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of willful cruelty to a dependent adult and acquitted on two similar counts.

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    May 23, 2013 | 11:52 AM

    This article is complete garbage an untruthful. So far everything that has been spoken out of the mouth of Kim Oakely and her family has been a lie. Not anyone who has commented or reported on this whole trial concerning Kim Oakely, or her son Jamey, has been in that courtroom to actually say or have any input. Does anyone not fail to see or realize that the media was not there during the trial to actually report what REALLY happened? The video clips which were shown were edited, altered, an the original source of it was intentionally detstroyed by the mother; her own son was caught on camera choking Jamey; she lied on stand; her husband lied on stand; the detectives did a poor investigation but because Mrs.Oakely pushed this in the media they ran with it; the over "2000" video clips were "suspicion of abuse" not actual abuse; an alot more. Mrs. Oakelys motives are purely not protective an being a loving mother. Shes looking for money throughout all this. I'll pray for her and her family. And now, shes attacking Karolyn Kovton? If the prosection and Mrs.Oakely really had a problem with the "so called comment" about what was said, then why are we just now hearing a complaint about it an not during the trial? I bet this article was provoked by Mrs.Oakely. Please everyone dont believe everything you see on the news, internet, and/or 3rd parties.

    Matthew McDuffie
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    Oakley
    May 23, 2013 | 06:23 PM

    Wow, once again another article on the Oakley's. I wish the road runner wouldn't print everything that family says. Clearly the family is once again after money! One of the last articles Kim was complaining about social services & regional center. Who by the way paid for Jaime Oakley's care, not the Oakley's themselves. Maybe they should provide their own care for their son! I am personally tired of reading anything else about this family!

    Sarah w
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    Karolyn Kovtun Using Other People to Defend Her
    May 24, 2013 | 11:48 AM

    It's more than ironic that the defense attorney, Karolyn Kovtun uses her former client, and his sister to create more subterfuge. Are they implying two District Attorneys and a Sheriff Detective are lying when they were with Kovtun and Kovtun made this comment? Are they further implying the videos showing Matthew McDuffie punching Jamey in the stomach, face, head, nose, kicking his shins, grinding his shoes into Jamey's bare feet are animations on a video? I'm so glad McDuffie and his sister replied to this article, as it further confirms what so many people see about them. Sociopaths. No remorse. No accountability for their cruel, senseless acts on a vulnerable autistic person that couldn't speak or defend himself. As I predicted, McDuffie is feeling empowered by his light conviction. Becoming more brazen, cocky and desperate. The good news is McDuffie will never escape what everyone can clearly see on the videos to our son. And it drives him crazy. McDuffie is a disgrace to the US Navy. He milked the GI bill by attending school after school and instead of becoming a productive member of society, he abused our son. For McDuffie to say he's praying for us is more than comical. The bible is clear that if you say you have no sin you deceive yourself and the truth is not in you. McDuffie will pay the ultimate price when he faces God for what he did, over and over to our son. No wonder he's terrified and must resort to continual denial of what he's done. Hard times are coming for McDuffie. It's a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

    Kim Oakley
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    Defense Attorney Uses Former Client to Defend Her Hate Speech
    May 24, 2013 | 11:54 AM

    It's more than ironic that the defense attorney, Karolyn Kovtun uses her former client, and his sister to create more subterfuge. Are they implying two District Attorneys and a Sheriff Detective are lying when they were with Kovtun and Kovtun made this comment? Are they further implying the videos showing Matthew McDuffie punching Jamey in the stomach, face, head, nose, kicking his shins, grinding his shoes into Jamey's bare feet are animations on a video? I'm so glad McDuffie and his sister replied to this article, as it further confirms what so many people see about them. Sociopaths. No remorse. No accountability for their cruel, senseless acts on a vulnerable autistic person that couldn't speak or defend himself. As I predicted, McDuffie is feeling empowered by his light conviction. Becoming more brazen, cocky and desperate. The good news is McDuffie will never escape what everyone can clearly see on the videos to our son. And it drives him crazy. McDuffie is a disgrace to the US Navy. He milked the GI bill by attending school after school and instead of becoming a productive member of society, he abused our son. For McDuffie to say he's praying for us is more than comical. The bible is clear that if you say you have no sin you deceive yourself and the truth is not in you. McDuffie will pay the ultimate price when he faces God for what he did, over and over to our son. No wonder he's terrified and must resort to continual denial of what he's done. Hard times are coming for McDuffie. It's a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

    Kim Oakley
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    Regional Center Has a Duty to Provide Care to Special Needs Chil
    May 24, 2013 | 12:04 PM

    There are 21 Regional Centers in California. Their duty is to provide care, as per the unique and individual needs of special needs populations. So what if a family gets care? What does that have to do with Matthew McDuffie abusing our son? Nothing. Furthermore, why is McDuffie and his former defense attorney so obsessed with what our son Jamey receives from the state agency to help him have a happy, healthy life? Is there something wrong with families fighting for what their special needs child needs? Apparently, this trivial matter illuminates how obtuse and vindictive the convicted abuser, Matthew McDuffie, is. Families who receive services from Regional Centers often pay out of pocket expenses, irregardless of the services they fought and won for. Again, what does this have to do with McDuffie caught on tape torturing our son? Nothing. Yet another diversionary tactic to shift focus off the abuse seen on tape. Socipaths like McDuffie seldom learn from their mistakes or criminal convictions. The only safe place for people like McDuffie to be are in prison.

    kim oakley
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    Arrogance of Convicted Abuser
    May 24, 2013 | 12:32 PM

    Matthew McDuffie, as per Ca. Penal Code 368, has been convicted of willful cruelty of a depended adult. Period. Matthew McDuffie is the real liar as was the defense team. First lie we see here is that the media was in fact in the court. They saw the shocking videos. We learned fast that defense attorneys WILL lie to exonerate their client. And in our case, made up vicious lies about my family. And constantly tried to make light of the abuse. McDuffie is serial liar who clearly abused my son. He is guilty and knows his guilt. As for the videos a DLink expert testified there is a problem with their product's software that when set to motion detection, will stop recording when there is still movement. Hence why there are so many clips. (Read reviews online DCS-942L). Furthermore, the Judge placed a gag order on myself and my wife, so we could not discuss the case with anyone. Yet, the defense used people to write comments on line. And the defense attorney in Garriston's case has a daughter who used to write for the Reader, and knew the Reader reporter who covered case. This explains the slanted articles. Again McDuffie lies. He comments the videos as suspicion of abuse yet he did not comment he was convicted of abuse. How telling. McDuffie can't deal with his conviction. He can't accept it because he's angry he didn't completely fool the jurors. It is the absolute truth that
    McDuffies attorney Karolyn Kovtun claimed her client was a saint to put up with this retard, referring to our autistic son. Are you kidding me, nice to see these soulless folks have compassion for the disabled. By the way saints would not hit, kick, punch or pull my sons hair. Just look at the videos, which will always be online. And the news articles that went national and international. McDuffie will never escape this. And he knows it.

    McDuffie remains a self righteous arrogant shell of a man. He will fall hard when he's judged for his lies and sadistic abuse. He hurt my son and destroyed trust in caregivers. McDuffie wants to pray for us, is he nuts? He's convicted of abuse, or have he already forgot? I can only hope no one and I mean no one opens their door to McDuffie. He's one who comes into your life to steal peace, rob trust and destroy safety.



    Mark Oakley
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    Arrogance of Convicted Abuser
    May 24, 2013 | 12:35 PM

    Matthew McDuffie, as per Ca. Penal Code 368, has been convicted of willful cruelty of a depended adult. Period. Matthew McDuffie is the real liar as was the defense team. First lie we see here is that the media was in fact in the court. They saw the shocking videos. We learned fast that defense attorneys WILL lie to exonerate their client. And in our case, made up vicious lies about my family. And constantly tried to make light of the abuse. McDuffie is serial liar who clearly abused my son. He is guilty and knows his guilt. As for the videos a DLink expert testified there is a problem with their product's software that when set to motion detection, will stop recording when there is still movement. Hence why there are so many clips. (Read reviews online DCS-942L). Furthermore, the Judge placed a gag order on myself and my wife, so we could not discuss the case with anyone. Yet, the defense used people to write comments on line. And the defense attorney in Garriston's case has a daughter who used to write for the Reader, and knew the Reader reporter who covered case. This explains the slanted articles. Again McDuffie lies. He comments the videos as suspicion of abuse yet he did not comment he was convicted of abuse. How telling. McDuffie can't deal with his conviction. He can't accept it because he's angry he didn't completely fool the jurors. It is the absolute truth that
    McDuffies attorney Karolyn Kovtun claimed her client was a saint to put up with this retard, referring to our autistic son. Are you kidding me, nice to see these soulless folks have compassion for the disabled. By the way saints would not hit, kick, punch or pull my sons hair. Just look at the videos, which will always be online. And the news articles that went national and international. McDuffie will never escape this. And he knows it.

    McDuffie remains a self righteous arrogant shell of a man. He will fall hard when he's judged for his lies and sadistic abuse. He hurt my son and destroyed trust in caregivers. McDuffie wants to pray for us, is he nuts? He's convicted of abuse, or have he already forgot? I can only hope no one and I mean no one opens their door to McDuffie. He's one who comes into your life to steal peace, rob trust and destroy safety.

    Mark Oakley

    Mark Oakley
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    May 24, 2013 | 04:03 PM

    Matthew McDuffie, did you read the article? It says "Attorney Natalie Villaflor and Detective Maureen Perkins reported that they heard Kovtun say" that. So are they lying too? Then it says Kovtun "told Deputy District Attorney, Keith Watanabe, 'I'm here for the retard case.'" Is he lying too? I know nothing about the Oakley's other son, but Jamie and the videos are the issue here, and the care he had from PAID employees. Jamie is a sweet innocent young man who, through no fault of his own, is trapped inside a body that doesn't work like yours and mine. There is nothing that could have been altered about those videos to change the fact that he was NOT treated with the respect and dignity he deserves.

    Juli R
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    the real McDuffie in action abusing
    May 25, 2013 | 12:19 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjQ6WR9Kypc

    kim oakley
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    Convicted caregivers can't except their guilt try to blame other
    May 28, 2013 | 06:20 PM

    What is McDuffie's intent with pointing fingers at others? The Oakley's other son was NOT caught on camera "choking" his brother. This has been a continual spin used by the convicted abusers. Sheriff detectives did a great job reviewing 1000's of video clips of many caregivers, including James' "brother", and determined the other caregivers whose actions were analyzed were not abusive. The ONLY caregivers seen intentionally hurting and causing James Oakley repeated mental suffering and pain were Michael Garritson and Matthew McDuffie.

    Jamey's Primo
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