Prosecutorial Justifications for Sexual Assault Case Rejection

Dawn Beichner, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Cassia Spohn, University of Nebraska at Omaha

The decision to charge is a critical stage in sexual assault cases, as few cases survive this process. Frohmann (1991) examined proseutorial accounts for case rejection and purported that prosecutors construct typifications of credible victims and rape relevant behavior in deciding whether to charge or not in sexual assault cases. This analysis replicates and extends Frohmann's (1991) work in two jurisdictions.

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Updated 05/20/2006