November 21, 2009
Regarding my conclusion that “sisterhood” is overrated, a reader reports,
Decades past a weathered criminal trial lawyer told me that he always tried to load a jury with middle aged or older mothers in rape cases rather than men. Two reasons: One, they would look at the accuser and say, “I was never like that,” and, Two, they would worry that their son(s) might get ensnared by such a creature. His summation: The only thing that exceeds man’s inhumanity to man is woman’s inhumanity to woman. This cynicism was the result of 50+ years in the courts of Boston’s toughest neighborhoods.
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