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Oregon v. Rideout

Significance, Does Marriage Mean Consent?, No Help From Friends . . ., Lose One, Win Some


State of Oregon


John J. Rideout

Plaintiff's Claim

That the defendant was guilty of first-degree rape.

Chief Lawyer for Plaintiff

Gary D. Gortmaker

Chief Defense Lawyer

Charles Burt


Richard Barber


Salem, Oregon

Dates of Decision

27 December 1978


Not guilty.

Related Cases

  • Shaw v. Shaw, 17 Day Conn. 189 (1845).
  • Packard v. Packard, 27 FAM LQ 515 (1864).
  • Michael M. v. Superior Court of Sonoma County, 450 U.S. 464 (1981).


Fast, Julius, and Timothy Fast. The Legal Atlas of the United States. New York: Facts on File, 1997.

Further Readings

  • Brownmiller, Susan. Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1975.
  • Davis, Flora. Moving the Mountain: The Women's Movement in America Since 1960. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991.
  • New York Times., December 20-24, 26-28, 31 1978.

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1973 to 1980