Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
People v. Samuels
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Samuels made multiple films depicting himself whipping another individual and sent the films to be developed, and the film company alerted authorities when they viewed the videos depicting Samuels whipping the individual. Samuels was charged with assault through force likely to cause bodily harm. One of the films was introduced into evidence depicting Samuels whipping another man while he was strung up. Samuels testified the man had contacted him about a request Samuels made for volunteers to participate in such films. Samuels claimed he wasn’t whipping the man as hard as it seemed and the wounds the man had were not real, but were cosmetically applied. However, multiple expert testified the wounds were real and no retouching was done. Samuels was convicted of assault and he appealed, arguing consent as an absolute defense.
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