How should an ethical prosecutor deal with a high-publicity rape case?

, The National Law Journal


It is clear that the New York County District Attorney's Office has proceeded with scrupulous adherence to ethical and constitutional requirements.

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  • Mark

    It is so easy for a person of low character to bring a false rape allegation. In the he said, she said world of rape (although it is sometimes he said, he said or she said, she said) the credibility of the alleged victim must be examined carefully before charges are filed. Prosecutors rightly focus on the credibility of the defendant and put that into the mileu (even with the presumption of innocence) and must do the same with the complaintant. It is outrageous that prosecutions for all cases involve internal checks on the reliability of evidence (is the gun operable, are the drugs truly drugs, etc.) but rarely nothing more than a compelling story is needed to make a rape prosecution go. For one of the most horrific allegations in our society, prosecutors must do the full investigation BEFORE filing charges. As someone who has seen first hand multiple false allegations of rape against some innocent men (my cases have all involved male targets) I have seen too often what happens when an overzealous sex prosecutor is given free reign.

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