Update – The story is spreading as other blogs pick it up – see the updated bloglist at the end. Also see this at Shakespeare’s Sister, hearing from rape survivors and this from Pacific Views pointing out that the legal age of consent in Oregon is 18, but this Kos diary that explains why that doesn’t apply.
The original story:
This one is beyond belief. A judge decides that since he doesn’t know who to believe he’ll convict the woman for filing the charges in the first place.
Judge rules teen filed false report in rape case,
After a day-and-a-half trial, Municipal Judge Peter A. Ackerman on Friday convicted the woman of filing a false police report, a class-C misdemeanor. Ackerman explained his decision, saying there were many inconsistencies in the stories of the four, but that he found the young men to be more credible. He also said he relied on the testimony of a Beaverton police detective and the woman’s friends who said she did not act traumatized in the days following the incident.
[. . .] The woman, who was 17 at the time of the April 30, 2004, incident, testified Friday that she was attacked by an 18-year-old boyfriend and his two friends. She said she was in the boyfriend’s bedroom preparing to go to a party when she was sexually assaulted by the men. The three men testified Thursday that the acts were consensual and at the girl’s initiation.
Kevin at American Street has more.
Read the whole thing. Just beyond belief.
Update – Shakespeare’s Sister has picked up on the story – also here now with a list of blogs covering this – and we’re starting to get other bloggers bringing this to people’s attention. Maybe we can get something done about this outrage.
Bark Bark Woof Woof
Once Upon a Time
Science and Politics
Wonderland or Not
Crooks and Liars
King of Zembla
Lawyers Guns and Money
Pam’s House Blend
Night Bird’s Fountain
Outside the Beltway (warning, right-wing perspetive)