The Constitutional rights of rapists

CORRECTION: In this post I confused the earlier case out of Chicago and this most recent one in California. My apologies to all who were, understandably confused!

Each case included the alleged rape of a girl, now 20, by three men who videotaped the assault. A sickening convergence of events, to be sure, but with different results.

2 of the 3 defendants in the Chicago case were actually acquitted, despite the videotape showing that she was extremely drunk, despite the fact that when it was over she "was spit on repeatedly and sexual slurs were scrawled on her legs and abdomen with markers."

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ORIGINAL POST:

I thought "she wanted it" was relegated to the dustbin of tasteless jokes and archaic stereotypes.

Last week PEEK posted a disturbing item about a 16-year-old girl who faced a possible jail term for refusing to watch herself get raped on video. The defense claimed that it was a violation of his client's Constitutional rights for her to refuse. The judge ordered her to watch under threat of incarceration.

Quite possibly due to the ensuing public outcry, the judge then reversed this judgment, allowing the girl to forgo the act of reliving her rape.

Was the defense finished? Nope.

After one witness admitted to "alter[ing] her written statement to help the defense just four days before the first trial," and after others had trouble keeping their stories straight, the defense was left arguing that most tenuous of arguments... she wanted it.

But then, after a devastating emotional statement from the victim, the defense did an about-face, according to Pinko Feminist Hellcat: "Suddenly, they felt the need to discredit her assertion that her emotional problems were largely a result of the rape."

PFH then responds: "Wait! Didn't she actively participate? Didn't she want this? Now you admit that you're full of crap and a lying sack of beetledung..."

In any case, it didn't fly. The three shown in the video received 6-year sentences with no probation. (PFH)

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