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Letter: Stop the victim blaming and bullying tactics

In response to Rob Port stating that Robert Hoy was "just doing his job," I don't believe his defense tactics are acceptable, or even ethical. What his tactics are is bullying tactics. He uses the social media to trash the victim, the victim's me...

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In response to Rob Port stating that Robert Hoy was "just doing his job," I don't believe his defense tactics are acceptable, or even ethical. What his tactics are is bullying tactics. He uses the social media to trash the victim, the victim's mental health, and the victim's family. He plants the seed to victim blame and shame.

I witnessed Robert Hoy put my niece, Maggie Wilken, through an eight-hour deposition. In my eyes, this was an eight-hour interrogation used only to try and break the victim down.

You say his defense practices are good practices. I say they are bullying tactics. It is possible to both properly defend a client, while still remaining ethical. Robert Hoy failed to do this.

It is my hope that because of Marsy's Law , a victim will never have to go through a deposition lasting eight hours. Eight hours, and having the accused sitting across the table from the victim. Unacceptable.

Furthermore, Mr. Port, it is never acceptable for a teacher to have a sexual relationship with a student. Never. The blame goes solely to the person in power - Male or Female, not the underage student who doesn't have the ability to consent.

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Kulla lives in West Fargo.

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