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Justice for rape victim!

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I was raped by two men and held for hours against my will in 2004. I was hospitalized for 3 days after the attack for emotional trauma and filed a police report. One rapist was identified but he his friend who witnessed the rapes - and fled with one rapist- told police that it never happened. It went to the Plymouth MA District Attorney's office but they said they did not have enough evidence to prosecute. As a last resort, I filed a civil suit against the known rapist and his witness. The case against the witness was dismissed because he did not participate in the rapes. The case was transferred to Dedham District Court and Judge Mary Hogan Sullivan was the trial judge. The defendant did not return requests for admission RFA (these are statements that you either admit or deny) and they were admitted by another judge. These would have won the case for me. The defendant wanted a jury trial but Judge Hogan Sullivan talked him into allowing her to try the case; telling him that it would be quicker than the 1 to 2 days the jury trial would take. The first thing she did was toss out the RFA. She also tossed out the police report, therapists letters and used my hospital records that said I had been raped against me. She had to call in a psychologist because I was so emotional the morning of the trial. The psychologist made arrangements for the verdict to go to my therapist because she said that I probably would not win (this was before the judge looked at the evidence) and I would need support when I read the verdict. I was told that the judge would send the verdict in 7 to 10 days. My therapist had to call the court twice for the verdict. She was told the judge got another position and didn't have time for my case. The trial was on March 3, 2009. The verdict was no entered on April 16th. Judge Hogan Sullivan got dates and name wrong and it was clear that after 6 weeks she did not remember the case. She ruled for the defendant and ordered me to pay his legal fees. I did not file this case for money. At the beginning of the trial the judge I had at that time told me the defendant had no job and no assets. I told him I wanted to go ahead with it because I wanted to be heard. This was my only chance at justice. I spent a lot of money on this case and knew I would not get any of it back. I could understand if the judge took all of the evidence into consideration and ruled for the defendant because I did not have a "preponderance of the evidence" needed to win the case. But most judges don't make the victim pay the rapist because the victim didn't have enough evidence. In my case, not only did the judge disregard evidence; she ruled on my case too late to remember all of the evidence. She was acting as judge and jury. Can you imagine a court telling a jury to go home after trial and render a verdict 6 weeks later That is absurd. Please tell Judge Mary Hogan Sullivan and Dedham District Court (MA) that this verdict is very unjust.

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