The civil suit against Derrick Rose for sexual assault was sent to the jury for deliberation on Tuesday, and a verdict is expected to come down on Wednesday. Before all that, however, each side in the case gave their closing arguments, and they were just as personal and based in the character of the persons involved as the testimony had been.
Jury has case, no verdict tonight.
Closings for Doe "this is a classic case of gang rape" perpetrated by "sexual deviants."
— Julia Marsh (@juliakmarsh) October 18, 2016
[Defense attorney Waukeen] McCoy said what happened to his client was a classic case of gang rape, an example of “three men running a train rape” over Doe.
“She never had a motive to take his money,” [McCoy] said. Calling her a gold digger was “an insult to her character and type of woman she is.”
McCoy also insisted that the text messages Doe sent to Rose and to her friends, the tone of which called into question her emotional distress following the night in question, were “red herrings” meant to “slut-shame” his client.
Rose’s defense team’s closing arguments were meant to give the jury exactly the perception of Doe as a gold digger, and asked the jury to “rise above” the fraught language of “gang rape” and “sexual deviants” because they invoke powerful racial stereotypes (the jury is mostly white, but Doe’s legal team is black).
Baute: “These guys r so far from trespassers & rapists it’s almost comical” explains that 3 men parked in front of apt & greeted roommate
— Julia Marsh (@juliakmarsh) October 19, 2016