MA Supreme Court: D.A. Must Turn Over Statutory Rape Data

Posted on July 8th, 2010 No Comments

The Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that prosecutors must provide evidence that shows they are not engaging in “selective prosecution” of the state’s statutory rape law against gay youth.

The case reached the state’s highest court after a juvenile court judge ruled last year that the district attorney must provide data on statutory rape cases, which the D.A. appealed. The lower court’s ruling stemmed from a case in Norfolk County in which prosecutors charged a boy with delinquency for allegedly having sex with a thirteen year-old boy, when he was sixteen. Lawyers for the defendant said he would not have been charged had the alleged victim been a female.

The state’s highest court upheld the lower courts ruling, but narrowed the scope of the evidence that must be turned over.

If you have been accused of a serious crime or you are looking for help in the realm of sex crime law, call Massachusetts sex crimes attorney James Powderly today at 508-343-0676.


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