Coker v. Georgia, Rewritten Opinion
This vintage rape case concerns an Alabama court’s determination that the jury may consider “social conditions and customs founded upon racial differences, such that the prosecutrix was a white woman and the defendant was a Negro man” in assessing a Black defendant’s culpability for assault with intent to rape. This case represents how rape law was weaponized against Black men and is an ideal case for a feminist rewritten opinion to interrogate how race and rape are closely intertwined.
Madalyn Wasilczuk, Coker v. Georgia, Rewritten Opinion, in FEMINIST JUDGMENTS: REWRITTEN CRIMINAL LAW OPINIONS. (Bennet Capers, Sarah Deer & Corey Rayburn Yung, eds. Cambridge University Press 2022).