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Criminal Law Keyed to Gershowitz
State v. Rusk
Citation:289 Md. 230, 424 A.2d 720.
A 21-year-old woman, Pat, testified that on the evening of September 21, 1977, she attended a high school alumnae meeting. After the meeting, Pat and a friend agreed to drive in their respective cars to Fells Point to have a few drinks. They each had one drink and then went to a second bar, where they had another drink. They then walked to a third bar where they met the defendant. After talking, the defendant asked for a ride home, and Pat agreed.
When they arrived at defendant’s home, Pat parked on the curb on the side of the street opposite his house, but did not turn off the ignition. It was about 1:00am. Defendant asked her to come inside of his apartment, and she refused. He continued to ask, and the woman testified that she felt afraid at this point. Defendant took the keys out of the car, walked over to her side of the car, opened the door, and said, “Now will you come up?”
Pat testified that she was scared because he had her keys and she did not know what else to do, so she agreed and went inside of his apartment. When they got into defendant’s room, he said that he had to go to the bathroom and left the room for a few minutes. She did not attempt to leave. When defendant came back, he sat on the bed while she sat on a chair next to the bed. Defendant turned off the light and asked her to get on the bed with him. He started to pull her onto the bed and also began to remove her blouse. She stated that she took off her pants and removed his clothing, because he asked her to do it.
Once both undressed, Pat begged him to let her leave. She asked him: “If I do what you want, will you let me go without killing me?” She started to cry, and defendant lightly choked her. She asked the question again and he said yes. She performed oral sex and then they had sexual intercourse. Immediately after the intercourse, Pat asked if she could leave. She testified that Rusk said, “‘Yes,'” after which she got up and got dressed and Rusk returned her car keys. She reported the incident to the police at about 3:15 a.m.
According to Rusk, when they arrived in front of his apartment Pat parked the car and turned the engine off. They sat for several minutes “petting each other.” Rusk denied switching off the ignition and removing the keys. He said that they walked to the apartment house and proceeded up the stairs to his room. Rusk testified that Pat came willingly to his room and that at no time did he make threatening facial expressions. Once inside his room, Rusk left Pat alone for several minutes while he used the bathroom down the hall. Upon his return, he switched the light on but immediately turned it off because Pat, who was seated in the dark in a chair next to the bed, complained it was too bright. Rusk said that he sat on the bed across from Pat and they proceeded to have consensual sex. He testified that after the intercourse, Pat got “uptight” and started to cry. She told him that “You guys are all alike.”
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