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Ellen Willis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680788

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.001.0001

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The Trial of Arline Hunt

The Trial of Arline Hunt

(p.176) The Trial of Arline Hunt
Beginning to See the Light

Ellen Willis

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents the author’s reflections about the rape trial of Arline Hunt in 1975. She describes the events leading up to the trial, including how Arline first met her rapist, Fred Dumond, at a bar in San Francisco; the rape at his apartment; her filing of a complaint through to the trial itself. The jury issued a “not guilty” verdict, which prompted Judge Blackburn to deliver a strong rebuke for their failure convict. The author says that despite the outcome of the trial, in some ways Arline had been more fortunate than most rape complainants. The police and hospital personnel had treated her considerately. The Women’s Law Commune agreed that the District Attorney. had conducted an excellent investigation. The basic problem was that the jury reflected the nature of the jury pool, which in San Francisco was mainly drawn from the most conservative segment of the population. For the majority of jurors, the deciding factor was simply that Arline had gone to a man’s apartment, and was therefore fair game.

Keywords:   rape, trials, Arline Hunt, Judge Andrew P. Blackburn, jurors, jury

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