The accusation that the accuser in this case made against her husband was that they were amidst a bitter divorce despite not separating and instead keeping the battle hot by continuing to live together in the same house. Her claim was simple enough, that he had violently raped her a total of 3 times over the course of 4 hours in their home. When asked why, she claimed that he had been emotionally and physically abusive, and had serially cheated on her, for 30 years and the rape was a natural progression of that pattern. One of the rapes she claimed was when after some 30 years of conventional sex he decided that it was time to introduce anal sex into the relationship.
Maren is very good at finding out dirty little facts and everything else there is on her cases. She will spend an incredible amount of time through conventional and TLC methods to discover the story. The real story. The back story. In this case the back story actually revealed that this woman was absolutely nuts and had been so for well over 30 years. Now the problem, how to get that story into evidence. Maren made that story a legal defense in the case. She did so by claiming that the dispute was whether the wife/accuser’s craziness was relevant to show that she would make up a false rape story, or whether it was relevant to show the Pastor’s motive to rape her, which was the prosecution’s case. The Prosecution was cagey enough to turn her craziness into part of their theory by arguing that he raped her to punish her for making his life a living hell, and that the anal to oral sex was proof that he was deliberately punishing and humiliating her.
The resultant voir dire was so open and honest that Maren trusted to leave on the panel, much to the prosecutor’s delight, an actual rape victim, and a S.A.N.E. nurse (conducts rape analysis exams), and a man whose daughter was molested whose rapist was never being brought to justice. The prosecutor must have thought that Maren was crazy and that the case was over. Clearly he was not listening to what she was hearing.
During Maren’s closing argument she essentially shared with the jury that this case was really about the rights of victims, rape victims to have those accusations, the legitimate ones go to trial because this type of accusation, by this type of person with this lack of credibility was not only devastating to the Pastor, who had lost his job because of the wifes crazy behaviors in the months leading up to the rape accusation, but was equally if not more devastating to the legitimate rape victims everywhere. This is why she left jurors with true experience dealing with rape on the jury.
The result was a resounding and quick “NOT GUILTY” on all counts. This was an incredible result. Maren would tell you that the TLC process and her commitment to combine TLC methods with conventional tactics and TLC methods produced to this incredible result. However, in my opinion, her trust in herself and her intuition, that came as a result of hard work, is what won this case.
It will come as no surprise to you that the only words a jury has ever spoken to Maren and her clients accused of rape are “Not Guilty”. Maren is one of our most dedicated, creative and hard working lawyers. I strongly encourage you to contact her as she is very approachable and incredibly willing to share her thoughts, ideas and experience so that you too can find a way to trust your intuition and return similar results for your clients.
Joseph H. Low IV