The Screwing You Get For The Screwing You Got
A defendant in the Philadelphia courts was accused of raping a hooker at gunpoint, and giving three buddies a ride.
That's gang-rape at gunpoint.
That night the sex-worker -- WITH A GUN POINTED AT HER -- "gave permission" for sex. In tears.
PHILADELPHIA MUNICIPAL COURT - INT. - DAY
Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni drops all rape and assault charges to armed robbery for "theft of services."
Yes... you heard correctly.
Philadelphia Daily NewsWow, I just love this quote. And coming from a judge no less.
Deni told me she based her decision on the fact that the prostitute consented to have sex with the defendant.
"She consented and she didn't get paid . . . I thought it was a robbery."
The prostitute, a 20-year-old single mother, agreed to $150 for an hour of oral and vaginal sex on Sept. 20, according to assistant district attorney Rich DeSipio. The arrangements were made through her posting on Craigslist.
She met the defendant, Dominique Gindraw, 19, at what she thought was his house, but which turned out to be an abandoned property in North Philadelphia.
He asked if she'd have sex with his friend, too, and she agreed for another $100.
The friend showed up without money, the gun was pulled and more men arrived.
When a fifth man arrived and was invited to join, DeSipio said, he asked why the girl was crying - and declined. He helped her get dressed so she could leave.
It's true the prostitute negotiated sex with the defendant - but not unprotected gang sex at gunpoint.
"The Legislature has defined sex by force as rape," said DeSipio, accusing the judge of "rewriting her own laws."
DeSipio said Judge Deni's ruling was based, not on the law, but on moral contempt.
"Certainly if a jury wants to make that judgment, they're entitled to. But for a judge to make a judgment on a human being - I've never seen that before."
Deni did seem contemptuous of the victim:
"Did she tell you she had another client before she went to report it?" Deni asked me yesterday when we met at a coffee shop.
"I thought rape was a terrible trauma."
A case like this, she said - to my astonishment - "minimizes true rape cases and demeans women who are really raped."
The defendant was charged in an identical incident involving a 23-year-old woman four days later, DeSipio said.
Neither woman knew the other and both told identical stories. The other men involved in the attack couldn't be identified.
DeSipio was so stunned by Deni's ruling in the first case that he refused to present the second one.
"I wouldn't demean her that way," he said of the second victim, calling the proceedings "a farce."
Judge Deni then threw out the second case for failure to prosecute.
Police Detective Jack Ryan, who investigated the incidents, said the victims in the two cases "were in fear for their lives. Since they saw one of the doers really well, it crossed both of their minds that they'd be killed."
Deni's decision to drop the sex charges is " frankly, appalling," he said.
DeSipio said he'll file to reinstate the charges in both cases right away - before a different judge, of course.
"minimizes true rape cases and demeans women who are really raped."Because being gang-raped at gunpoint isn't truly rape if you're a sex worker.
- Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni
Tell me Judge Carr... Since clearly, sex workers can't be raped on your bench -- Yo, Philly -- open fucking season on hookers; for a good time, call Judge Carr, 1-800-Judge-Me -- tell me this:
How do you feel about spousal rape?
Can a husband rape his wife, or must she just lie their and take it, the disobedient little whore, least her unwillingness to spread her legs wide open on demand for her owner bring shame on all the good wives of Philadelphia?
If Philly cramps your style, may I suggest you move to Maryland? You'd fit right in on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
You live in a fucked up world, Judge. It's Teresa's moral world of sin, pleasure and pain.
Problem is, when you're on the bench, we count on you for the Rule of Law.
Get it right, or get the hell off the bench.
Gang rape at the point of a gun is rape. It's not possible to give consent with a gun aimed at you.
In what way is that unclear?