Houston - A rape victim with a history of mental illness has sued a Texas county alleging she was wrongly jailed after prosecutors said she refused to testify a second time against her attacker.
Attorney Sean Buckley said his client has bipolar disorder and had a breakdown in December while testifying in Harris County. She later walked into traffic outside a courthouse before she was involuntarily committed to a hospital psychiatric ward, according to Buckley.
She was discharged and then arrested as a material witness, according to the Houston Chronicle (
District Attorney Devon Anderson said the woman, who was homeless when she raped in 2013, was going through a “life-threatening mental health crisis” and told prosecutors she was not going to return to testify.