Criminal Law Keyed to Dressler
State v. DeLawder
D was convicted by a jury for having sexual relations with a female under the age of 14. D’s planned defense strategy was to discredit the female by proving that at the time of the alleged relations, the girl thought she had been impregnated by another man and, because she was afraid to tell her mother, she claimed that D raped her. At trial, however, the judge sustained objections made to questions relating to the girl’s sexual history. D was sentenced to 15 years in prison and the conviction was affirmed on direct appeal. D seeks post-conviction relief based on the argument that his right of confrontation under the Sixth Amendment had been violated.
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