Instruction to Jury that Rape Is Easy to Charge and Difficult to Disprove Is No Longer to be Given
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Examines the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision in State v. Feddersen. The court in Feddersen held that the instruction to the jury in a rape case that “rape is easy to charge and difficult to disprove” was an impermissible comment on the evidence by the court. The author hopes that this signifies a trend toward better treatment of rape victims.