Aggressive Defense Putting Rape Accusers On Trial

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The evidence against the three teenagers in Orange County, Ca., seemed overwhelming, says the Los Angeles Times: a videotape that prosecutors said captured them sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl who was knocked out by drugs and alcohol. Still, jurors were persuaded by an aggressive defense that portrayed the girl as a deceitful would-be porn actress. The hung jury last week in the two-month-long gang-rape trial is the latest to provoke debate over how far attorneys should go to defend clients charged with sexual assaults. Like the approaching Kobe Bryant trial, the gang-rape . . .

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