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Make a Rape Report, Go to Jail

9:44 am - 08/05/2010
From Metafilter:

In 2004 then 19 year old Sara Reedy was raped at gunpoint. Six months later, she was jailed for false complaint. Today, a federal appeals court reinstated her lawsuit against the police detective who orchestrated her arrest.

Reedy, a convenience store clerk at the time, reported the rape and robbery within minutes, underwent a rape examination, and made consistent statements. As it turned out, she was one of at least 11 victims of Wilbur Cyrus Brown II. But the lead investigator on her case, Detective Frank Evanson, thought from the moment he interviewed her in the hospital that Reedy had fabricated the rape report to conceal her own theft from the convenience store. Three months after the attack, Det. Evanson also became lead investigator on a markedly similar assault, by Brown, and accurately suspected it was by a serial rapist. Nonetheless, half a year after Reedy's rape, Evanson arranged for her arrest on charges of false report, theft, and receipt of stolen property. She spent 5 days in jail and was cleared only shortly before her trial date, when Brown was captured and confessed to the rapes.

Reedy sued for violation of her civil rights. But the trial judge threw out her case by construing all the evidence in favor of Evanson, instead of Reedy, as the legal rules require. Today the appellate court said the judge was wrong and reinstated the case.

Women's groups, who filed an amicus brief in the case, are praising the appellate court decision.

Ironically, Brown's crimes also resulted in the wrongful conviction of another man who was convicted of two of Brown's assaults.
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bellichka 5th-Aug-2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
katrinar 5th-Aug-2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
i don't even....
daladoir 5th-Aug-2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
So... the detective still has his job?
katrinar 5th-Aug-2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
brewsternorth 5th-Aug-2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
A wild guess, but I wonder if there was a racist as well as a sexist element in this narrative - or at any rate a classist one? I seem to have my cynical hat on at the moment, but maybe Evanson tumbled to the serial rapes when they *weren't* just perpetrated on poor and/or black women.
moussaka_thief 5th-Aug-2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
I don't think anyone would be shocked if that turned out to be the case.
chasingtides 5th-Aug-2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
I am just going to simmer in my rage for a while on this one.
mollywobbles867 5th-Aug-2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
I just imagined a crockpot full of rage. (It looks like stew.) This is a sign that I should eat lunch.
sihaya09 5th-Aug-2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
Seems like the only thing he was detecting was his own asshole.

celtic_thistle 5th-Aug-2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
...I don't even know where to begin with this shit >:(
dearmisterecho 5th-Aug-2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
greaseyourlips 5th-Aug-2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
mte rachel.
redstar826 5th-Aug-2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
and yet I've heard people wonder why so many women don't go to the police when they've been assaulted.
arisma 5th-Aug-2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Not only have I heard people questioning that, I've also had people question whether an assault can actually be an assault if there's no police report filed. "If it was that bad it would have been reported" is pretty close to a direct quote.
ntensity 5th-Aug-2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Wait, he thought she was concealing her own theft, but the first line of the court opinion says she worked there?
Not that employee's can't steal, I just don't understand what in the world would make him think that she was concealing her own theft??

Does one of the sources explain that? Or is that his "justification" after the fact?
hazel_belle 5th-Aug-2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Disgusting. And so much damn fucking hate, really.
shoujokakumei 5th-Aug-2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
So much fail, so much WHAT THE FUCK. :|
chezzasheehan 5th-Aug-2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
homasse 5th-Aug-2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Fuck the police, seriously. Fuck the whole damn system.
lafinjack 5th-Aug-2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
popehippo 5th-Aug-2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
lafinjack 5th-Aug-2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
_sockmonk_ 5th-Aug-2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
What even.
azure_rhymes 5th-Aug-2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
more proof that the justice system doesn't actually give a fuck about women.
ghost_busting 5th-Aug-2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I don't even...ugh. This is disgusting. She has every right to sue whoever needs suing for a lot of money.
normaltrouble 5th-Aug-2010 08:14 pm (UTC)

(too angry for any other words...)
moussaka_thief 5th-Aug-2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Truly, truly revolting. From the case notes, the way he treated he AT THE HOSPITAL THAT SAME NIGHT:

On the night of the incident, Evanson traveled to the hospital, where he introduced himself to Reedy and asked her what happened. She provided an account of the assault that matched in detail what she had told Mascellino. Reedy later said that, after hearing her description of the attack, Evanson asked her how many times she did “dope” each day. (App. at 396.) He then called her a liar and repeatedly accused her of stealing the money from the store. He asked Reedy where she had put the stolen money, to which she responded that she did not know where the money was. When Reedy began to cry under this hostile questioning, Evanson told her not to bother, “because [your] tears aren’t going to save [you] now.”3 (App. at 398.)
mollywobbles867 5th-Aug-2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
deja_vu822 5th-Aug-2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
For fuck's sake. This sounds like something this guy would love

lafinjack 5th-Aug-2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
4eyedblonde 5th-Aug-2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
miss_gulch 5th-Aug-2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
I don't know how people like this can live with themselves.
cecilia_weasley 6th-Aug-2010 04:44 am (UTC)
IA, Lisa, IA
voicesinherbody 5th-Aug-2010 05:35 pm (UTC)

thevelvetsun 5th-Aug-2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
GAH I can't believe fucking assholes like this are still getting paid on the taxpayer's dollar.
abee 5th-Aug-2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
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