Monday, February 16, 2015

People v. Braslaw (Cal. Ct. App. - Jan. 30, 2015)

Here's a cautionary tale.  Drinking and sex.

It's also an interesting factual recitation.  Compare the Court of Appeal's opinion with a contemporary newspaper account of the events.  The Court of Appeal uses "Jane Doe" and initials, whereas the more robust newspaper story uses actual names.  The Court of Appeal mentions that the victim "phoned her then finacee, who is now her domestic partner," whereas the newspaper mentions that the victim is "openly gay" and that her then-fiancee was a "police officer in Las Vegas."  Plus the newspaper has a mug shot and more details about the defendant.

I'm not saying anything normative here.  Just describing the factual recitation.

A post-Valentine's Day reminder that reality isn't all love and chocolates.