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Victim Arrested - to aid in prosecution

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by RicInOR, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Seems like a WTF story out of Cowlitz County WA-

    Rape Victim Arrested to Help Prove She Was Raped, Kidnapped

    "he 43-year-old woman — the victim and prime witness in the case — has not been charged with any crime. She just wasn't showing up for pre-trial meetings with prosecutors, despite promising to do so several times. So earlier this month they obtained a judge's order for a material witness warrant. It's a little-used procedure under state law that allows police to arrest a witness of a crime to ensure they show up for court. Chief Criminal Deputy James Smith said such warrants are rare and requested only "as a last resort.""
     
  2. gaijinsamurai

    gaijinsamurai Beaverton Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm familiar with such occurences, and have mixed feelings it.
     
  3. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Good way to make someone entirely uncooperative.
     
  4. gaijinsamurai

    gaijinsamurai Beaverton Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I don't like the principle of the government having the ability to arrest people who have not committed a crime, but it is hard to feel sorry for the victim when she has repeatedly failed to show for pre-trial meetings, thereby wasting the prosecutor's time and taxpayers' money.