Military Criminal Defense Lawyer (Former JAG Attorney) News:
According to several news articles, an editor at Rolling Stone is stepping down after 19 years in the wake of the discredited story Rolling Stone ran about an alleged rape on the University of Virginia campus. That story can be found here:
In an earlier blog post, I addressed the controversy about this Rolling Stone article, "A Rape on Campus," and how it is indicative of the prevailing mindset among politicians, advocacy groups, and other public figures, leaders, and news outlets that a rape allegation must be true, shouldn't be questioned or investigated, and guilt should be presumed.
Not only is this fallacy poisoning public discourse about the topic, it is leading to much more dangerous aftereffects than just a false news report. The military justice system is being changed, and the rights of a military accused are being eviscerated, because of this ill-informed and misguided belief that a complainant in a rape or sexual assault case must automatically be believed and to investigate or question or defend against such a claim is somehow outrageous. Here is that blog post:
In addition to Rolling Stone's editor stepping down, former UVA fraternity brothers who were impacted by the false story have filed a lawsuit against Rolling Stone:
I have no doubt that this false narrative and push to believe anyone who claims rape or sexual assault has resulted in innocent people, particularly young men, being convicted, jailed, and facing the lifelong consequences of a rape conviction. This includes innocent young men serving in the military. When will the tide be stemmed and when will reason and the Constitutional principles at the heart of our criminal justice system once more matter?
Civilian criminal defense lawyer and military defense lawyer
Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.