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Case Conclusion Date: 08.11.2014
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Dismissed All Charges
Description: This was a high profile case involving media attention from the Bellingham Herald and KGMI News radio. Client was charged with Rape in the First Degree and Kidnapping First Degree. Both crimes are Class A felonies exposing the defendant to a possible life term in prison (25 years), lifelong registration as a sex offender, restitution to the victim, and potentially $50,000.00 in court fines. The alleged victim reported the defendant and another male coerced her into a car and forcibly raped her outside of a house party they all attended earlier. Despite the allegations, the client claimed the sexual acts were consensual. The victim's Rape Kit medical examination showed no evidence of forced sexual assault. The victim's blood analysis also revealed strong evidence of intoxicants in her system. While the case was pending, Mr. Ransom persuaded the judge to lower the defendant's bail because he had no prior criminal history. Later, Mr. Ransom successfully argued a Motion to Compel an interview with the alleged victim (for more insights on this pretrial motion please read Mr. Ransom's Legal Guide describing a Motion to Compel). He also successfully entered an Omnibus Order directing the Prosecutor to provide all of their pretrial discovery early and before the trial date (police reports, photographs, witness statements, medical reports, etc.). Later, it was discovered the victim did not want to cooperate with investigations. The case proceeded to jury trial. However, in light of the lack of evidence; substantive defenses and uncooperative victim, the State dismissed all charges.