Defense barrister Cathy McCulloch wrote in a legal blog post last week about a case she worked on in which a girl accused her father of sexually assaulting her eight times over the course of six years.
When McCulloch took the case, she wasn't overly optimistic. She explains:
"His daughter had given a compelling interview to the police and my client had absolutely no real defense other than 'I did not do it.'"
Cathy continued to detail her uphill battle, saying:
"The complainant's interview was going to be really tough to crack. She had described not only what her father had allegedly done, but how her body felt as a result."
Luckily the trained professional noticed something a bit off with the accuser's story:
"The only odd thing was the use of certain words, phrases and descriptions of how she felt which seemed beyond her years."
This is when things really look a turn as Miz McCulloch remembered her client mentioning his daughter's favorite book was Fifty Shades. Shortly after, a member of the defense team bought a copy of the book and noticed A LOT of similarities between the girl's testimony and some of the passages!
This of course caused Cathy to request for the trial to be adjourned so she could read and research the book and use it in her defense.
Once the trial continued, it took only seven minutes of cross-examination for the girl to admit that she made the WHOLE THING UP! The lawyer recalled:
"I started my cross-examination gently to put the complainant at ease. She agreed her father was strict, and that she was really annoyed with him for "'ruining her life'. I then went straight to my final question – that she was so angry with her father that she had made this all up. She wavered. I raised the striking similarities between her interview and the book. She suddenly broke and said I was absolutely right. She had made the whole thing up because she was angry with her father and wanted to teach him a lesson."
After the jury was given a break, the Judge directed the jury to acquit and said the case was one of the most "unique" he's seen during his career.
We do not know if the girl will be charged with perjury for her story, but we hope at the very least someone will explain to her that she isn't just hurting her family — she's hurting every REAL sexual assault victim whose rapist claims she "made it all up".
The brunette shared a sweet photo with her former flame and penned a heartbreaking caption in his memory.
The late sports star's longtime love reflected on their time together, writing:
"My deepest love goes out to those who saw jose as more than an athlete, but as a passionate, raw human being. The heart break is unbearable. There was so much more to him than anyone could even begin to understand. I'm fortunate enough to have loved and be loved by jose, and his family, for over 3 crazy beautiful years."
Miz Mendoza admitted she will always love the 24-year-old, and told her followers to never take moments with their loved ones for granted, adding: