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Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
People v. Iniguez
Citation:7 Cal.4th 847, 30 Cal.Rptr.2d 258, 872 P.2d 1183.
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On June 15, 1990, Mercy P. arrived at her friend, Sandra S.’s home. Sandra had sewn Mercy’s wedding dress and Sandra and her fiancé (the defendant) were scheduled to stand in for Mercy’s parents at Mercy’s wedding the next day. When defendant arrived he had been drinking and continued to drink wine with their dinner that night. Around 11:30 p.m., Mercy went to bed on the living room floor and slept on top of her sleeping bag. She was awakened between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. by movements behind her. Mercy was lying on her stomach when the defendant had approached her from behind, pulled down her pants, and commenced intercourse. The defendant weighed nearly twice as much as Mercy, and Mercy stated that she was afraid, so she just laid there. After the incident, defendant returned to his bedroom and Mercy immediately left a voicemail for her fiancé. She then telephoned her best friend, Pam, to come get her. Mercy then hid in the bushes outside of Sandra’s house until Pam arrived. Mercy was barely comprehensible and Pam phoned Gary, who called the police. Gary and his best man then drove Sandra to the hospital for a rape examination.
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