Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Judge Holds Woman in Contempt for Refusing to Watch VHS of Her Own Rape?!

"An Illinois judge has decided not to force a woman to watch a videotape of two men having sex with her as a 16-year-old.

The tape is evidence in the trial of a man accused of raping her, and the judge had threatened the woman with contempt of court for refusing to watch it.

The judge said the tape can be shown after the woman, who is now 20, has testified and left the courtroom. An attorney working with the woman said the judge realized he had "no legs to stand on" legally.

The threat of forcing the woman to watch the tape drew outrage from victims' groups and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who said he'll draft legislation barring rape victims from having to view videotapes or photos of the crime."
(source)

The article fails to elaborate, so can any of you law-background people give the rest of us any plausible reasons as to why a rape victim would have to endure the pain of watching a tape of the crime?

Those signs I've seen sure have it right --Victim's NO Rights...
(H/T: Liz)

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