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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:13 PM

Forced 'infidelity check' not rape: Swedish court

Forced 'infidelity check' not rape: Swedish court

A Swedish court has ruled that a 28-year-old man who ripped off his girlfriend's trousers and underwear to perform an "infidelity check" is not guilty of rape or any other sex crimes.

The man had previously been convicted of rape by a lower court after he tore off his girlfriend's clothes and forced his fingers into her genitals on suspicion that she had been unfaithful, legal trade publication Dagens Juridik reported.

The lower court had also convicted the man of several other charges related to repeated assaults and threats directed against girlfriend in a relationship that had been marked by jealousy and suspicion.

But upon reviewing the case, the Svea Court of Appeal threw out the rape conviction, arguing that the man's actions weren't sexual in nature.

Both the man and his girlfriend testified that the act was an attempt to ascertain whether or not the woman had engaged in sexual activity with another man.

"His action can therefore not be seen as having a sexual character such that it can be regarded as a sexual act according to the criminal code," the court wrote in its ruling.

http://www.thelocal.se/46324/20130221/#.USbiKTfyCSo

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:23 PM

1. Is this in the Alabama section of Sweden? n/t

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Response to Still Sensible (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:12 PM

5. You must have meant the Michigan section of Sweden, didn't you?....

...Logically speaking, there are certainly a lot more descendants of Swedish immigrants in Michigan than there are in Alabama.

Oh, I get it....just another bashing of the South. How sad for you.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:19 PM

6. Not a general bashing of the South

just an acknowledgement that in the U.S. rulings that are so blatantly backward seem to be more common in that region. By the way, the state I live in is just about as red as Alabama, so I could have said Oklahoma... or Kansas, or Missouri, or a good number of states. Come to think of it, you're right, in deep red rural Michigan you might well find such a judge, too!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:29 PM

2. That's disgraceful!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:39 PM

3. What an absurd ruling. Makes a woman less than human.

What's next - chastity belts? Will judges hold the keys?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:05 PM

4. And Julian Assange is worried about facing rape allegations in Sweden? nt

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:51 PM

9. actually one could think this makes Sweden's claim about caring so much about rape

that they are willing to follow Assange all over the earth to be somewhat doubtful. Just saying, this cuts both ways.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:36 PM

7. So we do not have a monopoly

on insanity?

forced his fingers into her genitals
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arguing that the man's actions weren't sexual in nature
This isn't sexual but rape is??


Does Sweden also have legitimate rape?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:41 PM

8. Would someone like to explain what it was if not rape cause it sure sounds like it is

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:05 AM

10. This was at least a vicious assault whether it was sexual or not. nt

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:35 AM

11. even sweden has rethug redneck judges

as civilized as they are, nobody is perfect.

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