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Rape and the Culture of the Courtroom
Author: Andrew E. Taslitz

ISBN: 9780814782309
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 17 May 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 1.6
Description:
InRape and the Culture of the Courtroom, Taslitz (a former prosecutor) is concerned to show how and why police, prosecutors, judges, and defense attorneys use their discretion to circumvent legal reforms in rape law.-HypatiaRape law reform has been a stunning failure. Defense lawyers persist in emphasizing victims' characters over defendants' behavior. Reform's goals of increasing rape report and conviction rates have generally not been achieved. InRape and the Culture of the Courtroom, Andrew Taslitz locates the cause of rape reform failure in the language lawyers use, and the cultural stories upon which they draw to dominate rape victims in the courtroom.Cultural stories about rape, Taslitz argues, such as the provocatively dressed woman "asking for it," are at the root of many unconscious prejudices that determine jury views. He connects these stories with real-life examples, such as the Mike Tyson and Glen Ridge rape trials, to show how rape stereotypes are used by defense lawyers to gain acquittals for their clients.Building on Deborah Tannen's pathbreaking research on the differences between male and female speech, Taslitz also demonstrat...

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