Protesters express outrage at judge Refusal to take rape sensitivity training is cited BALTIMORE COUNTY

August 06, 1993|By Staff Report

About 35 women marched in the plaza of the county Circuit Court yesterday to voice their outrage over Judge Thomas J. Bollinger's refusal to attend rape-sensitivity training sessions.

The sessions were designed for Judge Bollinger following protests over his sympathetic statements and light sentence given to a 44-year-old man convicted of raping an 18-year-old employee.

Several days before the training was scheduled to begin, Judge Bollinger said he wanted to resolve questions over the course's content and await the outcome of an inquiry by the state's Judicial Disabilities Commission.

Judge Bollinger also has sought out a city rape-crisis center for a shorter, less-comprehensive version of the original program.

That action angered members of the Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Center of Baltimore County.

"Judge Bollinger is attempting to manipulate the judicial system and the public by disregarding the work of Maryland's Select Committee on Gender Equality," said Kathy Matarazzo Speca, a spokeswoman for the group.

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