The California Supreme Court Historical Society will soon present a webinar, “The Alexander Pantages Rape Trials: The Death(?) of a Doctrine that Set an Alleged Rapist Free.”

Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levinson will introduce the June 26 noontime program, which will feature legal historian and Society board member John Caragozian and Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Kate Jewett.

Caragozian published a Daily Journal column (reprinted here) about the statutory rape case against famed theater owner Alexander Pantages, including the divided California Supreme Court decision (People v. Pantages (1931) 212 Cal. 237) that overturned his conviction and led to a new trial at which he was acquitted. In reversing, the court held “the prior unchastity of the prosecutrix” is admissible in a statutory rape case “when force and violence are claimed to have been used in the commission of the offense.” (Id. at p. 277.)

Registration for the program is here.

“Elimination of bias” MCLE credit is available. The program is free to all, except there’s a $25 fee for non-Society members who want MCLE credit.