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.
Rape tape judge backs down
Woman will no longer go to jail for refusing to watch a video of her alleged rape.
March 2, 2006 1:06AM (UTC)
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