Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The "Rape-Cop Juror" Tell-All

So we all had a Big Bunch of Feelings about the NYPD rape trial of the summer. And now, in a really pretty incredible move, one of the jurors has written a very serious account of what it was like to serve. Back in June, Patrick Kirkland wrote on his blog: "Over the last three months, I’ve been unable to talk about a major part of my life. No, it’s not because I didn’t know how to, or I didn’t know what to say, but because, by law, I couldn’t. As a writer, I was told specifically not to write about them. Not to document it, not to research it. Nothing. Because over the last three months, I’ve been a juror on a major criminal case in New York City."

And now, over at Gothamist, he has. At length. (The PDF is $1.99; on Amazon, for Kindle, it's $2.99.) It's a fascinating read, and I mean that in a very honest sense. In large part it's about how unbelievably important jury service is in America, and about how we treat those accused of crimes. Whether you like the verdict or not, or whether you like the case presented by prosecutors or not (SIGH), this view into the thinking and process of the jurors is really valuable. It also may upset you!

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IBentMyWookie (#133)

Could someone who does purchase the PDF forward my broke ass a copy? (Seriously, I no longer even keep my credit card in my wallet and when I ask for a receipt from the ATM all I get is a slip of paper reading "go fuck yourself")

brianvan (#149)

@IBentMyWookie No, but I have a copy of Cole's book in audio Ogg Vorbis format (read by Roger Clark) if you want it.

roboloki (#1,724)

@IBentMyWookie i'm so broke, if it cost a dollar to shit i'd have to puke.

TheRtHonPM (#10,481)

@IBentMyWookie I thought all ATMs did that in New York?

sharilyn (#4,599)

@IBentMyWookie – I will Ganxy one to you if you tell me where to send it.

InfoMofo (#505)

If we're not going to judge him for acquitting a rapist, can we talk about the tacky fonts on his website? Ugh.

SeanP (#4,058)

@InfoMofo He should be put on trial himself for using Comic Sans.

deepomega (#1,720)

Rape-Cop is a Golden Age superhero probably best left in the dustbin of history.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@deepomega Crazily enough, his sidekick Grope Lad is now a Black Lantern.

Sutton (#1,490)

Highly worth reading. A real education as to how you could possibly have BOTH a "rape culture" and real difficulty proving rape beyond a shadow of a doubt, and getting rid of the former won't necessarily eliminate the latter. This case seems to have hinged on the difference between being "passed out" and "blacked out," so pay attention problem drinkers. Also, I hope the plaintiff's "friends" who put her in a cab by herself have trouble sleeping for the rest of their lives.

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