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Disciplinary record of victim may not be used to attack her credibility

A Washington State court, in a July 16 decision, rejected an attempt by a man convicted of rape to use his victim's professional disciplinary record to attack her credibility. The court ruled that, because the victim had not contested her disciplinary case, the revocation was not relevant to her truthfulness (State v. Witthauer).

The case concerns Ronald Witthauer, a Washington man convicted of drugging and raping his niece, a former licensed pharmacy technician. During his criminal trial, Witthauer attempted to attack his victim's credibility by introducing evidence of the revocation of her license by the Oregon . . .

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