December 06, 2005
Rape and A Reasonable Doubt
A disturbing court case in Oregon may provide another psychic hurdle for women to report being raped. A young woman reported being gang-raped by four men. The case was dropped because the stories amongst the five involved were so different it would be hard to convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. The prosecution and the defense agreed on this. The disturbing part is that the defense has now turned around and sued the victim for filing a false statement. She was convicted and fined. If both sides agreed to drop the case because it was difficult to determine the truth of the situation, why would the prosecution sue and why would the judge convict?
via Washington Monthly - Standard of Proof
Posted by Russell at December 6, 2005 07:01 AM