Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Monday, July 22

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Let's role-play a little. Imagine going to a party when you're 16, passing out from drinking too much, waking up naked with stuff written all over your body. Then imagine finding out that four of the guys at the party allegedly raped you or helped film it. Four years later you're testifying at another trial when the defendant's lawyer pulls up a television and expects you to watch that videotape in a room full of strangers and answer questions. Sounds like cause for a bit of a breakdown. Now imagine that the judge tells you to either watch it and answer the questions or the defendant goes free and you go to jail for contempt. Thankfully victims' rights advocates got Judge Kerry Kennedy to change his mind today.(UPDATE: Lots of commentary on Eric Zorn's blog.) correction: Judge Kennedy is presiding in Bridgeview, IL, not Naperville. Thanks, Mark.

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