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News Posted on April 16, 2012

Professor Feeney Comments on Witness Detention for New York Times

Professor Floyd Feeney commented for the New York Times on the controversial detention of a material witness in a Sacramento County rape case.  The witness, a juvenile whose testimony is considered key to making the case against a man who allegedly raped her and who is suspected of assaulting at least one other woman, has been detained by authorities after missing two previous court dates, raising objections from victims' rights advocates.

It's rare for witnesses to be detained, said Professor Feeney, "but if you had a juvenile who's flitting back and forth and got lots of problems and is the key witness in a case against a really bad actor, I wouldn't think it would be that unusual for the D.A.'s office to consider holding her as a material witness."

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.

New York Times article