Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Garnett v. State case brief

Garnett v. State case brief summary
332 Md. 571

PROCEDURAL POSTURE: The Circuit Court for Montgomery County (Maryland) convicted defendant for second-degree rape of a victim in violation of Md. Code Ann. art. 27, § 463(1957, 1992 repl. vol.) and excluded as immaterial evidence that defendant was told the victim was at the age of consent. Defendant appealed.

-Defendant was a 20-year old young retarded male who previously met the victim, who was 13 years old, and talked with her occasionally by telephone.
-He approached the victim's house, and she opened her bedroom window and directed him to use a ladder to climb up the window.
-The two talked, engaged in sexual intercourse, and remained in the bedroom for more than seven hours before defendant departed therefrom.
-Defendant alleged that the victim previously represented that she was 16 years old and that he had acted with such belief, and there was no mens rea and reasonable mistake of fact; the state alleged that Md. Code Ann. art. 27, § 463(a)(3) was a strict liability offense.

The court held (1) the second degree rape statute, § 463(a)(3), was a strict liability offense that did not require the state to prove mens rea; (2) as such, defendant was guilty of the second degree rape by engaging in sexual intercourse with the victim, who was under fourteen years of age and four years his junior; and (3) the mistake-of-age defense was not allowable under § 463(a)(3), which made no reference to defendant's knowledge, belief, or other state of mind.

OUTCOME: The court affirmed the circuit court's judgment of conviction because defendant could not make a mistake of fact defense to a strict liability offense.

Interested in learning how to get the top grades in your law school classes? Want to learn how to study smarter than your competition? Interested in transferring to a high ranked school?

No comments:

Post a Comment

The Evolution of Legal Marketing: From Billboards to Digital Leads

https://www.pexels.com/photo/coworkers-talking-outside-4427818/ Over the last couple of decades, the face of legal marketing has changed a l...