The Nebraska trial of a man accused of rape — but whose accuser was not allowed to utter the word rape in court — will end in a mistrial yet again, as Judge Jeffre Cheuvront ruled yesterday, because pretrial publicity has tainted the jury pool. Of course, that’s not his fault — it’s the fault of Tory Bowen for daring to protest his insane and bizarre ruling:
In a written explanation of his ruling, the judge said Tory Bowen, the alleged rape victim, and her friends drummed up pretrial publicity that tainted potential jurors and led to a mistrial.
Bowen and her friends signed a petition decrying the judge’s decision not to allow the words to be spoken in court. The petition was posted on a Web site that encouraged people to gather in front of the courthouse Monday to protest, Cheuvront wrote.
Monday was the first day of jury selection; another rally occurred Wednesday.
“The inescapable conclusion from the petition promoting the rally is that Ms. Bowen and her friends hoped to intimidate this court and interfere with the selection of a fair and impartial jury,” Cheuvront wrote in his order released Thursday afternoon. “The gatherings and the speeches … were widely reported in the media. Unfortunately, this resulted in publicity that would make it virtually impossible to summon additional jurors who would be untainted by the media reports on these activities.”
Now, far be it from me to disagree with an eminent jurist like Cheuvront, who came up with the brilliant ruling that a woman accusing someone of raping her had to instead use terms like “had sex with me” in court, but it seems to me that part of the reason this case came to light nationally was because Cheuvront made an absolutely atrocious ruling that led to nationwide publicity, and gave the accuser plenty of support for a rally outside the courtroom.
This is something Cheuvront may want to consider going forward. I’m just sayin’.
(Via The Cucking Stool)