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    California: teen rape victim held in jail to ensure testimony

    At first glance I thought this was in a ME country, as I didn't know this could even be legal! This guy appears to be a nazi. I hope the victim isn't black, that's all we need right now!

    17-year-old alleged rape victim was taken into custody last week to ensure that she testifies against her suspected sexual abuser. The unnamed teen is a key witness in the trial of Frank William Rackley, a 220-pound tattoo-covered accused rapist with a 20-year criminal history, CBS Sacramento reports.
    Despite the girl's failure to appear at a February hearing for the case, her attorney, Lisa Franco, insists that prosecutors could seek alternatives to jailing the teen, such as ankle bracelets.
    "She's the victim, that's first and foremost," said Franco, according to News10. "She's suffered a horrible, horrible experience and now she's being treated like the criminal and forced to live with this everyday."
    "She's made it clear to the judge she's willing to do anything else," said Franco.
    Alleged Rape Victim Jailed: Calif. Teen Held In Custody To Ensure Testimony In Frank Rackley Trial
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    Re: California: teen rape victim held in jail to ensure testimony

    Wow, that's absolutely horrible. She should be released immediately. And if for some reason they are worried that she won't testify, well...if she doesn't testify then she doesn't testify, and they simply don't have a case. That's how the law works, sometimes guilty people go free. The idea of issuing a subpoena for the victim of a heinous crime, and then punishing them if they won't testify, is bizarre and completely goes against the spirit of the law.

    Additionally, this kind of stupid crap will discourage future rape victims from reporting the crime in the first place, if they are worried they might be thrown in jail to ensure their testimony.
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    Re: California: teen rape victim held in jail to ensure testimony

    Whoever put her in jail should be ashamed of themselves, and should be put in prison themselves.
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    Re: California: teen rape victim held in jail to ensure testimony

    Let her out now you ****ing idiots! Victims should never be subpoenaed to appear. You can't force them to testify, so what in the Hell are you thinking?
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    Re: California: teen rape victim held in jail to ensure testimony

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    At first glance I thought this was in a ME country, as I didn't know this could even be legal! This guy appears to be a nazi. I hope the victim isn't black, that's all we need right now!

    Alleged Rape Victim Jailed: Calif. Teen Held In Custody To Ensure Testimony In Frank Rackley Trial
    She ignored a subpeona to appear in court. What's illegal about jailing her for that?

    It is wrong for a victim to report a crime to the police, identify her attacker, agree with the prosecution to go forward and then decide, "Well, I'm not going to show up."
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    Re: California: teen rape victim held in jail to ensure testimony

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    She ignored a subpeona to appear in court. What's illegal about jailing her for that?

    It is wrong for a victim to report a crime to the police, identify her attacker, agree with the prosecution to go forward and then decide, "Well, I'm not going to show up."
    Commenting that I don't know all the facts of course, you are legally right and it actually is never the victim prosecuting anyone, it is the state. The reason to prosecute the rapists is NOT just on her behalf, but to prevent future victims. If there is positive prove such as physical injuries and dna for which her only testimony really needed is that she had not consented, she does need to be forced to court. She many not want prosecution or is so messed up she can't handle the thought of being in court and in front of him. But what about the future potential rape victims by that man? That is the priority now, not her fear.

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    Re: California: teen rape victim held in jail to ensure testimony

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Commenting that I don't know all the facts of course, you are legally right and it actually is never the victim prosecuting anyone, it is the state. The reason to prosecute the rapists is NOT just on her behalf, but to prevent future victims. If there is positive prove such as physical injuries and dna for which her only testimony really needed is that she had not consented, she does need to be forced to court. She many not want prosecution or is so messed up she can't handle the thought of being in court and in front of him. But what about the future potential rape victims by that man? That is the priority now, not her fear.
    It's my understanding that it's rare for the state to go forward if the victim refuses to testify. I could be wrong. I don't disagree with you. I also think that part of this may be protective custody.
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    Re: California: teen rape victim held in jail to ensure testimony

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    She ignored a subpeona to appear in court. What's illegal about jailing her for that?

    It is wrong for a victim to report a crime to the police, identify her attacker, agree with the prosecution to go forward and then decide, "Well, I'm not going to show up."
    She's a mentally unstable rape victim, and you want to put her in prison? You might as well give her a gun.
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    Re: California: teen rape victim held in jail to ensure testimony

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    She's a mentally unstable rape victim, and you want to put her in prison? You might as well give her a gun.
    And you know she's mentally unstable because . . .
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    Re: California: teen rape victim held in jail to ensure testimony

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    And you know she's mentally unstable because . . .
    She was raped.
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