Sample Letter to a Judge
Dear Sir/ Madam,
I am the victim in the rape case of People vs. Ray Johnson. The prosecutor on this case has ordered
me to turn over my entire diary. He’s threatening me, saying that if I don’t do so I can be thrown in
jail. I am more than willing to allow the relevant parts of my diary to be used as evidence in this case.
But most of my diary has nothing to do with the events of this case. In fact, most of my diary covers
back three years before the rape even occurred.
I know I have constitutional rights to privacy. I’m asking you to protect my rights. If I have to turn
over my entire diary to the prosecutor, then the prosecutor has to turn it over to the defense. It would
be so unjust and unfair if, after raping me, the defendant then gets to trample freely through my most
intimate thoughts in my diary, and then fish around to use anything they might find against me.
Please protect my rights to privacy. I am willing to turn my diary over to you so you can decide which
part of my diary is needed as evidence, and so you can please put a protective order on all parts of my
diary that aren’t needed as evidence.
Thank you for your attention.
Yours sincerely, / faithfully