Female Defense Lawyer Blames Rape Victim, 13, For Being Temptress
Defense lawyer Lisa Kauffman suggested that a 13-year-old rape victim could be a temptress during a sentencing hearing on Sept. 10 in a Missoula County District Court in Montana.
Kauffman told Judge Robert “Dusty” Deschamps: “She looks and acts like she’s 18 years old. You should see the pictures of her and the hair and the makeup,” notes the Missoulian.
At one point during the hearing, Kauffman said: “How about victims as temptresses, what do you think about that?”
The victim’s mother told Kauffman not to speak about her child that way.
“I was just making a little slam,” Kauffman stated.
“About my daughter,” the mom fired back.
“No, no, no,” Kauffman insisted, and then apologized for a remark she denied.
The girl’s 26-year-old rapist, Justin Griffith. worked at the Western Montana Addiction Services in Missoula where the girl was a patient, and “developed a sexual relationship” with her in March 2015, according to court papers.
In April 2015, Griffith was charged with sexual intercourse without consent, which is Montana’s law for rape. In May 2017, prosecutors changed the charge to felony sexual assault when Griffith pleaded guilty.
Deputy county attorney Brian Lowney tried to interrupt Kauffman several times: “I just find this whole conversation offensive,”
Kauffman complained to the judge that she is “not allowed to talk like that anymore,” about underage victims of sexual assault without having “every women’s group in the country” coming after her.
Kauffman claimed there was a wild atmosphere at the teen treatment center, where teen girls “acted out sexually.” Kauffman claimed Griffith had not received any training on how to handle these types of situations, which simply required the word “no.”
Lowney called it a “ridiculous assertion,” and added: “It is hardly a training issue not to have sex with a 13-year-old resident.”
Deschamps said: “He’s been around the block and he knows the score,” the judge said.
“So was she,” Kauffman insisted.