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Ellen Willis and Nona Willis Aronowitz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681204

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681204.001.0001

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The Trial of Arline Hunt

The Trial of Arline Hunt

(p.70) The Trial of Arline Hunt
The Essential Ellen Willis

Nona Willis Aronowitz

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter narrates the case of Arline Hunt (not her real name; all names, places, dates, and other identifying details have been changed to protect the anonymity of participants in the case), a woman in her early twenties who was raped but made to look like she was the defendant during the trial. Arline met the accused, Fred Dumond, in a dating bar one evening, and after having some drinks, she ended up in the latter’s apartment because he wouldn’t give her pocketbook containing her money, keys, identification, and Valium (prescribed by her psychiatrist). The trial of Fred Dumond for rape, including a lesser charge of assault with intent to rape, began on March 3, 1975. The presiding judge was Andrew P. Blackburn; the jury, composed of three women and nine men, was predominantly white, middle-aged, and working-class. After the usual cross-examinations and testimonies of witnesses, Drumond was declared not guilty, and Blackburn, upset at the verdict, told the jury: “I wish I could say to you that you performed your jury service in the highest traditions of this state, and I can’t”.

Keywords:   rape, trial, jury, presiding judge, testimonies, witnesses, cross-examinations

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