Monday, February 11, 2008

Men Allegedly Behaving Very, Very, Very Badly

Some notes about some cases that came down late last week.

The SJC reversed two rape convictions on Friday in cases where the complainant was intoxicated. The result in Commonwealth v. Blache, No. SJC 9909, may well differ the second time around. The result in Commonwealth v. Urban, No.. SJC 9911, probably will not.

The First Circuit, in Billings v. Town of Grafton, No. 06-2145, reached the sensible conclusion that staring at a female coworker's breasts for minutes at a time can form the basis for a hostile work environment claim. How weird is it that this was even in doubt?

And Gary Crossen was disbarred. The opinion is long because the record is thorough. The record is thorough because the hearing officer was Ellen Carpenter, who was taken from us far too soon. It’s interesting that this case would feature attorneys at such opposite ends of the spectrum. One so excellent, so dedicated to promoting honor in the profession. The other, not so much.

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