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Olden v. Kentucky
Citation:488 U.S. 227 (1988)
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Petitioner James Olden and his friend Charlie Ray Harris, both of whom are black, were indicted for kidnapping, rape and forcible sodomy. The victim of the alleged crimes was Starla Matthews, a young white woman, gave the following account at trial: She and a friend, Regina Patton, had driven to Princeton, Kentucky, to exchange Christmas gifts with Bill Russell, petitioner’s half-brother. On cross-examination, petitioner’s counsel focused on a number of inconsistencies in Matthews’ various accounts of the alleged crime. Matthews originally told the police that she had been raped by four men. Later, she claimed that she had been raped by only petitioner and Harris. Petitioner and Harris asserted a defense of consent. Based on the evidence admitted at trial, the jury acquitted Harris of being either a principal or an accomplice to the charged offenses, but convicted petitioner of forcible sodomy.
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