US Rape case lawyer: Women 'especially good' at lying

08:05  21 april  2017
08:05  21 april  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

Lawyer tells rape trial jury women are 'good' at lying

  Lawyer tells rape trial jury women are 'good' at lying A defense lawyer is being criticized for telling a Tennessee jury that women are "especially good" at lying "because they're the weaker sex.The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports attorney Steve Farese made the comments during closing arguments of the trial of Mark Giannini, a wealthy businessman accused of raping a woman who came to his house for a job interview. Farese maintains that the sex was consensual and has questioned the woman's credibility.

CLOSE. Skip in Skip. X. Embed. X. Share. Defense lawyer Steve Farese says women lie during his closing arguments in the rape trial of Shelby County businessman Mark Giannini at the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center. Yalonda M. James/The Commercial Appeal.

An attorney defending a wealthy man in a Tennessee rape case is drawing fire for saying women can be especially good at lying . “People can be very good at lying ," defense lawyer Steve Farese said during closing arguments in a Memphis case Thursday.

April 20, 2017 - Defense lawyer Steve Farese makes his closing arguments during the trial of Shelby County businessman Mark Giannini in Judge Mark Ward's courtroom at the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center on Thursday. © Yalonda M. James/The Commercial Appeal April 20, 2017 - Defense lawyer Steve Farese makes his closing arguments during the trial of Shelby County businessman Mark Giannini in Judge Mark Ward's courtroom at the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center on Thursday.

MEMPHIS — An attorney defending a wealthy man in a Tennessee rape case is drawing fire for saying women can be especially good at lying.

“People can be very good at lying," defense lawyer Steve Farese said during closing arguments in a Memphis case Thursday. "Women can be especially good at it because they’re the weaker sex and we ... and we want to protect them and not have anybody take advantage of them, at least I do.”

Rape Case Lawyer's Comments About Women Lying, 'Weaker Sex' Draw Fire

  Rape Case Lawyer's Comments About Women Lying, 'Weaker Sex' Draw Fire A Tenn. attorney is drawing outrage after he told jurors women can be "especially good" at lying during a rape trial. His client was found not guilty.Attorney Steve Farese is defending prominent area businessman Mark Giannini, who was accused of drugging and raping a woman who came to his home to interview for a housekeeper position. During closing arguments, Farese said the accuser lied about being sexually assaulted.

An attorney defending a wealthy man in a Tennessee rape case is drawing fire for saying women can be especially good at lying . “People can be very good at lying ," defense lawyer Steve Farese said during closing arguments in a Memphis case Thursday.

An attorney defending a wealthy man in a Tennessee rape case is drawing fire for saying women can be especially good at lying . “People can be very good at lying ," defense lawyer Steve Farese said during closing arguments in a Memphis case Thursday.

At one point he appeared to say “that’s what the book says,” referencing the weaker sex comment.

The comments drew an immediate reaction from Deborah Clubb, executive director of the Memphis Area Women's Council.

"It's despicable. It's absolutely despicable. I'm stunned. I really am," said Clubb.

"My job is not to care if anybody gets offended," Farese said by phone later Thursday. "Smart people will see it for what it is."

Farese is part of the legal team defending Memphis-area businessman Mark Giannini, who is accused of raping a woman who came to his isolated mansion for a job interview.

The woman testified Giannini choked her and the next thing she remembered, she was waking up at the hospital. Much of the trial testimony this week was so horrific mainstream news outlets couldn't publish it.

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An attorney defending a wealthy man in a Tennessee rape case is drawing fire for saying women can be especially good at lying . “People can be very good at lying ," defense lawyer Steve Farese said during closing arguments in a Memphis case Thursday.

An attorney defending a wealthy man in a Tennessee rape case is drawing fire for saying women can be especially good at lying . “People can be very good at lying ," defense lawyer Steve Farese said during closing arguments in a Memphis case Thursday.

The defense team has said the sex was consensual and questioned the woman's credibility, pointing to a background that includes drug smuggling.

Farese made his comments about women lying before a jury of 11 women and three men. Told of his comments, Clubb says she couldn't believe it.

"He stood in front of 11 women on a jury and said women are liars? That just doesn't even make the first bit of sense and it's despicable. Doesn't even sound like professional strategy for an attorney."

In his closing argument, Farese also commented on what the woman was wearing, saying her top wasn't in evidence because "they" don't want the jury to see it because it was a sexy halter top.

Clubb said this is an example of attitudes that she's trying to change: "What we wear, where we are, whether we are drunk, is not the reason for rape. Rape happens because men rape ... And it's wrong. It's a crime."

Giannini, 51, is charged with raping three women beginning in 2002. He is on trial this week charged with three counts of aggravated rape against one woman.

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