HBO Documentary Worth Watching: Sex Crimes Unit

HBO has an amazing selection of documentaries. I watch a lot of their content on my iPad since they have a cool app that let’s you do that. Recently I watched their documentary “Sex Crimes Unit” which is about the country’s first unit dedicated to the prosecution of sexual assaults. It was a great documentary, but it wasn’t their roles that struck me the most. During the program, the New York City sex crimes unit go to trial in defense of a prostitute who was raped by two men. The trial was for one of the men by the name of Kevin Rios who was convicted at the trial. Kevin Rios was defended by a woman named Kimberly Summers. As a part of her job, she had to defend Kevin Rios by stating that the sex was consensual, there was no tearing or bruising, and that the act could not have been rape because the victim continued her job as a prostitute after the act. To have to defend a rapist is a tough job. To be a female defense attorney responsible for defending a male offender adds an interesting dimension to the storyline. Although it shouldn’t matter whether the defense attorney is male or female, I think many viewers of the program certainly will take notice of the interesting dynamic that exists when a female defends a male sex offender. As a defense strategy it’s a good move, but in real life I imagine it’s a hard job to do for anybody. Due to the structure of our legal system, indeed somebody has to do the job. If Ms. Summers was court-appointed as his lawyer, then she has to do the best job that she can. Conversely, it’s her choice to do that job. I noticed that Kimberly Summers is on twitter and also mentions this film in her biography on her law firm’s website. It may be interesting to get her viewpoint on how she does what she does and why. Stay tuned to see how she responds…