You think the D.A. would have dropped the much more serious charges if there was any merit to them? I don't. Would she have been able to get her children back if there was even a hint of truth to the charges? I don't.
So why bring it up? I guess because I remember those news stories from the time. Maybe others weren't aware of them and so rehashing it just brings a cloud of unfair suspicion over her all over again. But my reasoning was that others recalled the news, too. And I know for a fact that some people, to this day, think she did something untoward to a child. Ridiculous, and I wanted to dispell those notions. That I didn't do so more clearly bothers me.
Charges like that are the worst thing that can happen to a person, I imagine. Because once they're out there, they develop a life of their own. There's no going back. Think of the daycare workers at Martensville and McMartin preschools in the '80s and '90s. Horrific charges virtually ruined the lives of completely innocent people. Thankfully Poundstone has gone on to revive her career, but still.
Anywho, all this just to say the interview I did with her – which was a total pleasure, I might add – is now up at ye olde Comedy Couch. Read it here. Get all her quotes on the subject in context, as well as lots more less serious stuff.