Soon after the lengthy ordeal was over, I got a tattoo that said, “Never going back again.” (Taken from a Tori Amos song, not Fleetwood Mac.)
One New York City prosecutor, who would only speak on condition of anonymity, offers some insight about the challenges encountered with these kinds of cases: "Reporters frequently stalk our sex crime victims, talking to their doormen, neighbors, family members, etc.—a total invasion of privacy, whether or not the name appears in print. I know of several cases where witnesses or victims stopped cooperating because of this, including some who did not even want close family members to know they were the victim of sex crime."
The ADA's job is to prosecute the case. The defense attorney's job is to give her client the best defense she can provide. If that is the old "complainant is a slut and a liar" defense, then that is what they are going to run with. Because a) it is better than nothing, and b) it still works. The fact that it works is not the ADA's fault, and while he sounds like a douchebag, that doesn't mean he's a not a realist.
Without a conviction, and with the out of court settlement, this is not going to happen. Because if she goes public with a name she gets sued for defaming his character and and and what is this I don't even.
The author mentions the case was "settled outside of court." I'm hoping that's just her interpretation of a plea agreement because, you know, violent felonies such as rape or sexual battery probably shouldn't be "settled outside of court" like some stupid patent-infringement case or something.
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