Sunday, February 13, 2005

MJ's history versus blaming the victim

Jeremy points out that "Slate and various places are suggesting that MJ is going with, intentionally or because he can't help it, the I'm-such-a-freak-I-can't-even-pull-it-together-to-try-to-look-remotely-normal
-in-the-courtroom-but-this-doesn't-mean-I-molest-children defense. " It's not his flamboyant clothing that is so critical. The problem is that MJ's persona and strange history are sexually charged; think of the many odd stories you've heard over the years about him, his relationships with children; and even the gender ambiguity of his surgically modified face. All of these could feed into a set of expectations (in line with implicit personality theory) about the types of people who molest children, which in turn may aid the prosecutor's story that MJ molested the boy.

That said, the defense apparently has a clear "blame the victim" plan -- and it just might work. Put together the all too common tendency to blame the victim of a sexual assault with the popular wisdom that plaintiffs in civil lawsuits can't be trusted (here, question the financial motivation of the boy's family to concoct a false story of sexual assault) and you have a potent combination.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those of you out there are really into "jury stuff" Chaeck out the Ohio Jury Management Association. An organization dedicated to being proactive in jury management for the state of Ohio and the nation.

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those of you out there are really into "jury stuff" Check out the Ohio Jury Management Association. An organization dedicated to being proactive in jury management for the state of Ohio and the nation.

7:04 AM  
Blogger Valerie Hans said...

More on OJMA: you can reach the organization's website at
www.theohiojurymanagementassociationinc.com/pages/404334/index.htm

You can also read Tom Munsterman's account of its origins and what it does at
www.ncsconline.org/wc/publications/Res_Juries_JuryNewsOHJuryManagePub.pdf

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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3:21 PM  

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