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Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
People v. Williams
Citation:25 Cal.4th 411, 21 P.3d 1209, 106 Cal.Rptr.2d 295 (2011)
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The defendant, who was eighteen years old, was charged with rape. He testified that he engaged in consensual sexual intercourse with his sixteen year old girlfriend, Jennifer B. The girlfriend testified that the defendant forced her to engage in intercourse by threatening her with knifes. At trial, and prior to closing arguments, the court indicted that the jury could convict the defendant of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor as a lesser offense included within the charged offense of rape.
During the first day of deliberations, the court was made aware of a juror who refused to adhere to the Judge’s instructions to uphold the law in regard to rape and statutory rape. The juror believed the law was wrong and therefore would not listen to any other jurors. The Court questioned the juror outside of the presence of the other jurors, in which the juror stated that they are not willing to follow their oath of rendering a true verdict according only to evidence presented and the instructions of the court. As a result, the court discharged this juror and replaced them with an alternate juror. The defendant was convicted.
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