Lawyers wrangle before Bray rape sentencing
Former COCC instructor Thomas Bray looked on in a blue jail suit and shackles - his first court appearance out of a suit and tie - as his attorney argued Monday that a ballot measure used by prosecutors to seek an 83-year jail term for his rape conviction is unconstitutional.
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Since: Sep 12
#1 Sep 17, 2012
How is everyone so sure he did it? If he really is guilty of doing this in the past, why didn't more of his past dates from Match.com com forward? He was suppose to be a member for over 10 years. This sounds like "Shades of Gray" to me. Isn't it possible that the accuser agreed to a night of rough play and then had to come up with a reason why she looked the worse for ware the next morning. It's a "he said - she said." I would hate to be the judge. There are so many unanswered questions.
#4 Nov 3, 2012
The matter never should have been up to a judge. Bray had a supposedly first-rate attorney. The case should have been put to a jury. Even the judge could have ordered the case to go to a jury. It's not clear if Bray's (and the woman's) intent was S&M either. Nothing is clear. Either Bray was afraid to tell his side of the story to a jury, or he was victimized by bad legal advice.
Most S&M practitioners do not do intercourse on first dates, in my experience (which is quite extensive). If Bray, a medical doctor, actually choked his date unconscious, then he is a monumental idiot. I would never do such a thing (or knowingly allow someone to do that to me). Choking like that is reckless endangerment or strangulation and is illegal even with consent.
Competently performed S&M is very safe and I do not personally know anyone who got in legal hot water (and I know a lot of people). I do know of people with strangulation/suffocation fetishes and I would never play with such people.
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