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Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
Kennedy v. Louisiana
Citation:554 U.S. 407, 128 S.Ct. 2641, 171 L.Ed.2d 525 (2006)
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On March 2nd, 1998, Patrick Kennedy called police to report that his stepdaughter (“L.H.”) had been raped by two neighborhood boys. L.H. was transported to a children’s hospital and had severe injuries.
Eight days after the crime, and despite both Kennedy and L.H. insistence that Kennedy was not the offender, Kennedy was arrested for the rape. On June 22, 1998, L.H. told her mother for the first time that it was Kennedy who raped her. L.H. recorded her accusation in a videotaped interview with a child advocacy center. Later, L.H. testified in court that Kennedy told her to accuse the two neighborhood boys. The State also presented evidence that Kennedy sexually abused his ex-wife’s cousin when she was eight years old as well.
After a trial by jury, Kennedy was convicted of aggravated rape and the jury unanimously determined that he should be sentenced to death. The Supreme Court of Louisiana affirmed.
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