Sexes: Rape? No

A wife loses

When the eight women and four men retired to a back room in the Salem, Ore., courthouse last week, feminists everywhere expected the jury's verdict to be another stride for women's rights. For what may have been the first time in the U.S., a husband was being tried on charges of raping his wife while they were still living together.

For four days, the jurors heard sordid and conflicting testimony about a stormy marriage marred by fights, infidelity and abortion. The wife, Greta Rideout, 23, testified that on Oct. 10, her husband...

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