Oregon v. Rideout (Great American Court Cases)
Legal Citation: 108,866 Circuit Court, County of Marion Oregon (1978)
State of Oregon
John J. Rideout
That the defendant was guilty of first-degree rape.
Chief Lawyer for Plaintiff
Gary D. Gortmaker
Chief Defense Lawyer
Dates of Decision
27 December 1978
For the first time in modern American history, a man faced trial for raping his wife. A national public discussion of the issue followed questioning whether a man had an absolute sexual right to his spouse'sr cohabitant'sody. Two other states besides Oregon had passed laws that did not grant married (or cohabitating) men immunity from the rape of their wivesnd New Jersey was about to come on board. The Rideout trial led many other states to abolish marital and cohabitation exemptions to rape.
In 1978, Oregon, Delaware, and Iowa were the only states that did not recognize "marital privilege" as a defense...
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