Rape tape judge backs down

Woman will no longer go to jail for refusing to watch a video of her alleged rape.

By Sarah Goldstein
March 2, 2006 1:06AM (UTC)
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This just in: According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cook County judge who had threatened to send a woman to jail for contempt of court if she refused to view a videotape of her alleged rape has backed down. The Tribune reports, "Judge Kerry Kennedy ruled the witness can continue her testimony without viewing the tape He also refused a defense request to dismiss the charges against the suburban man accused of sexually assaulting her." A group of lawyers worked overnight to prepare an argument for the judge this morning, according to Lyn Schollett, general counsel for the Springfield-based Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. "The court cannot knowingly inflict this kind of distress on a victim," Schollett said. The woman had repeatedly stated that she did not want to view the tape.

Sarah Goldstein

Sarah Goldstein is an editorial fellow at Salon.

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