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Lansing man accused of rape, other felonies

A 40-year-old man from Lansing was arrested recently. His photo is in the newspaper. His name has been released. The details of his alleged crime have been publicized. How will there be an impartial jury when he has been portrayed this way in the media? His alleged victim is only described as a female older than 18. Is this fair?

Obtaining a fair trial is one of the tenets of our judicial system, and yet people can be pilloried in the press before having a chance to meet with a criminal defense attorney. The felonies and other charges against the 40-year-old could net him serious jail time, and yet he is innocent until proven guilty.

The alleged incident began when the 40-year-old picked up the woman in Lansing, and took her to Alaiedon Township, where he supposedly raped her. The woman called 911 when she left the location where she had been with the man, and the police responded to her call. The police arrested the 40-year-old within 30 minutes of the woman's phone call. The woman was taken to an area hospital, one could assume for rape kit processing, and was released.

There are a number of questions which arise. How did they meet? Was this a date? Could any sexual contact have been consensual? Were there any witnesses to the man forcing the woman to go with him?

The 40-year-old has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a weapon, kidnapping, larceny, interfering with electronic communication and felonious assault.

Source: mLIVE, "Lansing man charged with 5 felonies after allegedly kidnapping, raping woman," Brandon Howell, Dec. 7, 2012

Source: LSJ, "Lansing man charged in alleged rape," Dec. 7, 2012

  • At our Lansing law firm, we represent clients charged with felonies or misdemeanors including sex crimes such as the alleged sexual assault mentioned in this post.

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