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College Student Expelled for Rape Found Not Guilty by Jury in 28 Minutes

College Student Expelled for Rape Found Not Guilty by Jury in 28 Minutes

“his life has already been ruined beyond repair”

When this student got the due process he deserved, the jury saw right through the allegations.

The College Fix reported:

Jury takes 28 minutes to acquit student accused of rape – long after college expelled him for it

On campus, the allegations were damning and life-altering. In the jury deliberation room, they were rubbish.

A student expelled by the College of Charleston in 2014 for rape has been vindicated by the criminal justice system, though his life has already been ruined beyond repair.

The Post and Courier reports that a jury took just 28 minutes to acquit Paul Heyward Robinson of sexually assaulting a fellow student who claimed she passed out and woke in the middle of the assault.

Prosecutors are blaming police bungling for the loss, rather than questioning the strength of the evidence:

At Robinson’s three-day trial in late November, defense attorneys said the police investigator acknowledged never reviewing a medical exam of the victim or interviewing key witnesses before arresting him.

“There were aspects of the investigation that were not as thorough as it could have been,” said Assistant Solicitor Drew Evans, who prosecuted the case, “and the detective acknowledged this.”


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Sue the bastards!

I’m not normally litigious, but I say sue them out of business.

amatuerwrangler | December 27, 2017 at 7:54 pm

So the prosecutor saw flaws in the investigation and still decided to put the flawed case before the jury. It sounds like he was doing his best to cover the bad investigation for the police and maybe get the college some cover for the predictable civil suit.

And the defendant, Mr. Heyward, should thank his lucky stars for that decision. An acquittal carries much more weight than a simple “decline to prosecute” would in follow-up litigation.

Some prosecutor has just earned a Nifong Award.