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Dec 6, 2021

Rape conviction overturned due to insufficient evidence

A state appeals court has dismissed a rape conviction because of insufficient evidence.

Sep 19, 2019

Cuomo signs bill extending statute of limitations for rape

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday to make it easier to prosecute some sex crimes by extending the statute of limitations for second- and third-degree rape. The Democratic governor was joined by actresses Mira Sorvino and Julianne Moore as well as activists from the group Time’s Up as he […]

Jun 10, 2019

In Alabama, rapists have parental rights

When a young woman came to the Family Services of North Alabama office last year for help with trauma, saying she had been raped by her step-uncle when she was 15, rape crisis advocate Portia Shepherd heard something that “killed me, shocked me.” The step-uncle, who was getting out of jail after a drug conviction, […]

Apr 5, 2019

New Jersey judge may be suspended over questions he asked an alleged rape victim

A New Jersey Superior Court judge could be suspended for three months without pay after asking an alleged sexual assault victim if she tried closing her legs to prevent the attack, according to a court advisory panel. The panel this week released a 45-page recommendation in the case of John Russo Jr., a family court […]

Mar 7, 2019

Rape charges dropped against cops who had sex with teen

NEW YORK (AP) — Rape charges were dropped against two former New York City police officers accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman in a police van after arresting her for marijuana possession. The New York Times reports the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office on Wednesday dropped more than 40 charges against former Detectives Richard […]

Aug 3, 2018

Release of man from jail before murder, rape spurs outrage

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Only weeks before a nurse was slain and another woman was sexually assaulted on opposite sides of the country, a New York judge released the suspect without bail in a separate strangulation case — not knowing he had a violent criminal history involving women. The freeing of Danueal Drayton on July […]

Feb 20, 2018

NYC rape case prompts calls to close police sex loophole

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The 18-year-old woman was driving with two friends near Coney Island in September when the two plainclothes detectives pulled her over and found marijuana. The officers released the two male passengers, handcuffed the woman and told her she was under arrest, prosecutors say. Then, investigators say, detectives Eddie Martins and Richard […]

Jul 3, 2017

Hearing ordered on name change petition

A former college professor convicted of raping a teenage girl won a chance to argue that his sons’ last name should not be changed by their mother. The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court, Fourth Department, on Friday released a decision that sends the case back to state Supreme Court Justice Mark Montour in Niagara […]

Jun 21, 2017

Fact Check: Justice Alito’s misleading claim about sex offender rearrests

“Repeat sex offenders pose an especially grave risk to children. ‘When convicted sex offenders reenter society, they are much more likely than any other type of offender to be rearrested for a new rape or sexual assault.'”-Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., concurring opinion in Packingham v. North Carolina, June 19, 2017 — In […]

Feb 6, 2017

Idaho judge: No sex for man convicted of rape

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — An Idaho judge has ordered a 19-year-old man not to have sex with anyone before he marries as part of his sentencing for statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl. Judge Randy Stoker sentenced Cody Duane Scott Herrera of Twin Falls to five to 15 years in prison, but he suspended the […]

Oct 1, 2016

Eliminate statutes of limitations for rape

  Last week it was announced that California had, at long last, eliminated the statute of limitations for all felony sexual abuse matters, including rape, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Justice for Victims Act. Even so, more than half of all states still impose relatively short statutes of limitations on rape cases. And, of […]

Feb 24, 2016

New York City gang rape charges dropped

NEW YORK — Prosecutors said Wednesday a young woman who accused five teenage boys of chasing away her father and gang-raping her in a playground has recanted her story and they’re dropping criminal charges against the boys. The boys had been charged with rape and other crimes following the Jan. 7 encounter in a quiet […]

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