Fox News is fair and balanced after all. Thursday, the controversial news channel invited a criminal defense attorney to argue why the alleged Maryville victims might have actually deserved to be raped.
The Maryville case thus far: A Missouri county prosecutor has asked for a special prosecutor to come in and review the charge that a 14-year-old girl was raped by an older high school student in 2012. Fox host Shepard Smith and criminal defense attorney Joseph DiBenedetto discussed a rather controversial counterpoint in the case: That the victim isn’t telling the truth.
“There’s no denying that from the surface it appears to be some sort of cover-up,” DiBenedetto said. “But when you look at the finer details, there are telltale signs of this girl actually lying. She is leaving her home at 1 a.m. in the morning and nobody forced her to drink. And what happens? She gets caught by her mom, she’s embarrassed and the easy way out here is, ‘Mom, someone took advantage of me.'”
He continued, emphasis ours:
“But what did she expect to happen at 1 a.m. in the morning after sneaking out? I’m not saying — assuming that these facts are accurate and this did happen — I’m not saying she deserved to be raped, but knowing the facts as we do here including what the prosecutor has set forth, this case is going nowhere and it’s going nowhere quick.”
Thank God for Shep Smith, who called DiBendetto’s conclusions a “far jump.”
“What you’ve done, Joseph, is taken an alleged victim of rape and turned her into a liar and a crime committer,” Smith argued. “That’s a far jump from a 1,000 miles away.”
“That’s one way to look at it,” DiBenedetto conceded. “Assuming that is the case, she wouldn’t be the first and she wouldn’t be the last.”
Check out the video below, via Raw Story: