Lawyer Likens Rape Victim's Vagina to Venus Flytrap
Bizarre question at trial of 2 NYPD cops charged with rape
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 22, 2011 3:11 AM CDT
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(Newser) – An attorney representing two cops charged with rape asked if the accuser's vagina was like a "snapping Venus flytrap" as he questioned a medical expert yesterday. "That is a terrible example," interjected an angry judge in the New York City courtroom. The cops are charged with raping an intoxicated woman they delivered to her home after she passed out in a taxi. She filed a complaint after she awoke to find a man on top of her as she lay in bed. Both cops have denied that anything happened.

Video surveillance tapes show the two officers returning to the woman's apartment building three times that night, according to court evidence. The bizarre defense question arose during the cross-examination of a nurse, reports the New York Daily News. The nurse testified that redness on the woman's vagina could indicate a rape, even though there was no tearing. "It's not like a Venus flytrap and snaps?" asked the attorney, seeking clarification, a comment that drew a rebuke from the judge.