Criminal Law Keyed to LaFave
Wilson v. State
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Appellants were charged with sodomy in violation of Florida statute. The incident occurred in Raiford Prison and the Appellants and Victim were prison inmates. Victim was threatened at knifepoint after an initial beating and forced to submit to sexual copulation (anal sex). Appellants were found guilty by a jury. In the interim between the adjudication of guilt and the subsequent appeal, the same court ruled in Franklin v. State that the statute in question was unconstitutionally vague and uncertain. The District Court then reversed Appellants’ convictions but remanded the case for further proceedings under a different statute dealing with rape and forcible carnal knowledge. However, the statute dealing with rape and forcible carnal knowledge specifically addressed such crimes against a female only. Accordingly, Appellants appealed.
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