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Lustful disposition

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The “lustful disposition” doctrine — which has been used to admit evidence of prior, uncharged acts by a defendant against the same victim — isn’t a “permissible purpose for admitting evidence” the Washington Supreme Court ruled in a sexual assault case. The term “lustful disposition” is “archaic and reinforces outdated rape myths and misconceptions of sexual violence,” the court wrote.

Read the opinion here.

Categories / Appeals, Briefs, Criminal, Law

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