Contempt for court; Detroit Judge sends rape victim to jail

Phil Boehmke

In a Detroit courtroom 36th District Judge Vanessa Bradley and defense attorney Gabi Silver proved why many victims of sexual assault refuse to testify.  A local woman who had been beaten and repeatedly raped by two men on Strasberg Street in Detroit summoned up the courage to testify against one of her attackers in court.  However as the woman would soon discover her ordeal was far from over.

 

Fox 2 News reports:

 

During cross examination, defense attorney Gabi Silver relied on the age-old tactic of blaming the victim and badgering her until she snapped.  The woman who wanted to make sure that at least one of the men who raped her would not be allowed to attack other innocent victims was pushed by Ms. Silver until she reacted by saying "just get to the point bitch."  While it is normal procedure to warn any witness against such outbursts, Judge Vanessa Bradley showed no compassion for the victim as she immediately held her in contempt of court and sent to jail for three days.

 

But to make matters even worse, she says her time in a holding cell was spend right next door to her alleged attacker who she says threatened her life, claiming that the suspect who is still on the loose will come back and kill her.  An investigation into this matter in underway.

 

After the story was aired on Fox 2 News Judge Bradley relented and released the victim one day early and alleged attacker Curtis King had now been bound over for trial.  Had WJBK not run the story there is no telling what may have happened in Bradley's court.

 

Will there be any action taken against Judge Vanessa Bradley for her conduct?

 

Hat tip: Drudge Report

 

July 17, 2011

 

paboehmke@yahoo.com

 

In a Detroit courtroom 36th District Judge Vanessa Bradley and defense attorney Gabi Silver proved why many victims of sexual assault refuse to testify.  A local woman who had been beaten and repeatedly raped by two men on Strasberg Street in Detroit summoned up the courage to testify against one of her attackers in court.  However as the woman would soon discover her ordeal was far from over.

 

Fox 2 News reports:

 

During cross examination, defense attorney Gabi Silver relied on the age-old tactic of blaming the victim and badgering her until she snapped.  The woman who wanted to make sure that at least one of the men who raped her would not be allowed to attack other innocent victims was pushed by Ms. Silver until she reacted by saying "just get to the point bitch."  While it is normal procedure to warn any witness against such outbursts, Judge Vanessa Bradley showed no compassion for the victim as she immediately held her in contempt of court and sent to jail for three days.

 

But to make matters even worse, she says her time in a holding cell was spend right next door to her alleged attacker who she says threatened her life, claiming that the suspect who is still on the loose will come back and kill her.  An investigation into this matter in underway.

 

After the story was aired on Fox 2 News Judge Bradley relented and released the victim one day early and alleged attacker Curtis King had now been bound over for trial.  Had WJBK not run the story there is no telling what may have happened in Bradley's court.

 

Will there be any action taken against Judge Vanessa Bradley for her conduct?

 

Hat tip: Drudge Report

 

July 17, 2011

 

paboehmke@yahoo.com