incest http://michiganradio.org en Fiction as evidence? Michigan Supreme Court weighs in on words as evidence http://michiganradio.org/post/fiction-evidence-michigan-supreme-court-weighs-words-evidence <p>The Michigan Supreme Court is faced with the question of whether a work of fiction can be used against the author if they are charged with a crime.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/Clerk/04-11/140800/Index.html">A Bay County man was convicted</a> of molesting his young granddaughter. Used against him during the trial was a fictionalized &ldquo;sex manual&rdquo; he wrote about incestuous sex between siblings and their father.&nbsp;</p><p>Chief Justice Robert Young summed up the question before the court during today&#39;s hearing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re now trying to determine the extent to which this incest fantasy is admissible, and why if it is.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Sylvia Linton is the prosecuting attorney. She says&nbsp; the trial-court judge made a valid point about fictional works:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Just because Sophocles wrote about incest doesn&rsquo;t mean he would do that. Well that&rsquo;s true, but if Sophocles was on trial for having incest with his mother, then I think it becomes extremely relative.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>To which Justice Stephen Markham asked:</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;So if Agatha Christie is charged with murder, the fact that she wrote several first-person stories about murder would be relevant as evidence?&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>The prosecutor says in some cases, yes, Agatha Christie&rsquo;s stories could have been used against her.</p><p>The defense attorney says allowing works of fiction to be admitted as evidence would open the door for what could be used against a person, and prevent people from receiving fair trials.</p><p>The Supreme Court is expected to&nbsp;rule on the case later this year. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 18:29:54 +0000 Laura Weber 1922 at http://michiganradio.org Fiction as evidence? Michigan Supreme Court weighs in on words as evidence