Jury Takes 28 Minutes to Acquit Student Accused of Rape - Long After College Expelled Him For It

GREG PIPER
The College Fix
Dec. 28, 2017

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 acquitPaul 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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