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News Posted on January 5, 2011

Professor Feeney Comments on Acquaintance Rape Cases for Bee

Professor Floyd Feeney commented for the Sacramento Bee on the difficulties involved in prosecuting acquaintance or date rape cases in which the alleged victims knows the accused.  The argument that the sex was consensual is a frequently used as a defense in such cases, which leads to "a question of who's telling the truth" in a he-said-she-said scenario, said Professor Feeney. "The prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt there was rape."

Floyd Feeney is the Homer G. and Ann Berryhill Angelo Professor of Law at the UC Davis School of Law and the winner of the Law School's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1986 and 2008.  The author of seven books and numerous articles, Feeney has received awards from the National Institute of Justice and the California Probation, Parole, and Correctional Association, and is a nationally recognized scholar on election law.

Sacramento Bee article