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State v. Mr. C (DMC No. 9441)

CONVICTION REVERSED | SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A MINOR – State v. Mr. C. (DMC No. 9441) (Pima County Superior Court No. CR2007-2716): Mr. C. had been accused of molesting his step-granddaughter (who was adopted). He used a Court-appointed attorney and was convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison. We were able to show that the prosecutor had improperly struck jurors who were similar to Mr. C. (i.e., older white males), in violation of Batson v. Kentucky, and the Court of Appeals reversed his conviction. When the case came back, we were able to point the multitude of flaws in the State’s evidence, and the prosecution decided not to re-try Mr. C. Although he had spent 20 months in jail, this was far short of the 13 year conviction he had previously received.

To learn more about the penalties in Arizona for Sexual Misconduct with a Minor or to speak with an Arizona Appeals Lawyer, please call our office at (602) 307-0808.

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