Monday, May 15, 2006

What if the latest Enron trial ruling were applied to rape cases?

The judge at the trial of former Enron CEOs Jeffrey Skilling and Ken Lay handed prosecutors a strategic victory Wednesday, saying he would tell jurors that "deliberate ignorance" of fraud at the collapsed energy company was not a justifiable defense.
If prosecutors in criminal rape cases were allowed to show jurors that the defendant practiced "deliberate ignorance" and the jury was told that this practice is not a justifiable defense, many of the "he said/she said" defenses would crumble.

This wouldn't be unfair to defendants since they would be allowed to show how they verified that they had consent.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:29 PM   1 comments links to this post


At May 17, 2006 1:46 PM, Blogger Sly Civilian said...

i'm still thinking this one though....but this seems like a powerfully good idea.


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