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The Defense Bar's War on Women

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To my anachronistic way of thinking, rape was a serious crime even before political correctness made rapists the one kind of criminal defendant the Left declines to embrace.  (Other kinds of sex offenders are still OK with them, see, e.g., any child pornography opinion by Jack Weinstein).

But, more-or-less out of sight, the defense bar is still at work bullying rape victims who have the guts to testify.  The bullying takes the form of, among other things, gutter-level misogyny that a person of normal empathy would find hard to imagine.

The defense lawyer's cross-examination of a woman raped (outdoors, behind a dumpster, while passed out, incidentally) tells you all you need, and certainly all you want, to know about the supposed compassion of the defense bar.  It's spelled out in this (unfortunately quite long) piece, "Here Is the Powerful Letter the Stanford Rape Victim Read Aloud to Her Attacker."

And please, spare me the vapid line about, "Well gosh, Bill, you just don't appreciate how our adversarial system works."  What the rape-excusing scolds who say this pretend not to understand is that a refusal on principle to engage in grotesquely callous and cruel treatment of rape victims comes before collecting your fat fee (and it was fat indeed in this case), "justified" by the rote and self-righteous invocation of, "Hey, look, that's how the system works!"

P.S.  Still, not to worry.  The rapist, a former Stanford swimmer who did not deny the act, was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have "a severe impact on him," according to the judge.  Thus, this case has lessons about the need for mandatory minimums in addition to those about defense work.

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Bill, if you think that is bad, just wait until you see the rapist's father's letter/statement...

Myriad of locations (just Google 'brock Turner dad')

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2852614-Letter-from-Brock-Turner-s-Father.html#document/p3/a300156

Apparently read at sentencing, so part of court record. Totally tone deaf.

Here you go, Bill.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dad-stanford-rapist-begged-judge-leniency-son-article-1.2662483

In a nutshell, the father called it "20 minutes of action" and said he paid enough because he cannot even get up an appetite for steak anymore!

YahooNmxB and TarlsQtr --

Thanks. I have a feeling I am not done with this story.

I am defense oriented , but agree with most of what Bill says .

In my lay opinion (IMLO) , the father failed years ago (based upon his 20 minute argument) .

It took far fewer than 20 minutes for age 19 Serbian Gavrilo Princip in his "action" , to assault Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife .

The adversarial system , again IMLO (AIMLO) , did work .
The failure occurred in the sentencing .
The now felon's life would not be over with prison confinement until age 25 years.

The question now is whether the electorate is wise enough to oust the judge !

Respectfully, Docile Jim Brady, Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

I am defense oriented , but agree with most of what Bill says .

In my lay opinion (IMLO) , the father failed years ago (based upon his 20 minute argument) .

It took far fewer than 20 minutes for age 19 Serbian Gavrilo Princip in his "action" , to assault Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife .

The adversarial system , again IMLO (AIMLO) , did work .
The failure occurred in the sentencing .
The now felon's life would not be over with prison confinement until age 25 years.

The question now is whether the electorate is wise enough to oust the judge !

Respectfully, Docile Jim Brady, Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

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