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Supreme Court tosses Port Angeles rape conviction

September 27th, 2013 - 5:41am

(Olympia) The state Supreme Court has tossed out a rape conviction of a Port Angeles man and ordered a new trial.

Jeffrey Lynch was found guilty of second degree rape and indecent liberties by a jury in Clallam County Superior Court in October 2010.

He appealed and the state appeals court upheld the rape conviction but threw out the indecent liberties conviction. The case was then taken to the Supreme Court, where justices ruled this month that Lynch's Sixth Amendment rights were violated in how the jury was instructed, specifically on how to interpret "'consent" by the victim in this case.

The case began in May of 2009 when a woman came to the Port Angeles police station and reporting she had been raped in Lynch's apartment while she was a guest there.


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