Aggravated Rape of a Minor

Joseph M. Pacella

Case Conclusion Date:May 21, 2013

Practice Area:Criminal Defense

Outcome:Not Guilty

Description:Hispanic male defendant was accused by 11 year old niece of aggravated rape on two occasions, which carries a minimum mandatory 10 year state prison sentence on each indictment. Client was released pending trial. Aggressive pursuit of discovery revealed significant inconsistencies in alleged victim's story, including a late disclosure. Individual voir dire was used to eliminate many potentially biased jurors. As a result of extensive cross examination of the victim and use of the first complaint witness, the defendant was found not guilty on all counts.

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