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MA D.A. must turn over juvenile rape data

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Massachusetts’s highest court has ruled that prosecutors must provide evidence that they’re not engaging in “selective prosecution” of the state’s statutory rape law, against gay youth. Prosecutors from Norfolk County have charged a boy with delinquency for allegedly having sex with a thirteen year-old boy, when he was sixteen. But lawyers for the youth say he wouldn’t have gotten into trouble if the alleged victim had been female. A juvenile court judge ruled last year that the district attorney must provide data on statutory rape cases, which the D.A. appealed. The Universal Hub reports that last week, the state’s highest court upheld the ruling–although it did narrow the scope of the evidence that must be turned over. Neither the teen’s attorney nor the D.A.’s office returned calls for comment.

–Aaron McQuade

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Written by OutQ News staff

July 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Posted in Crime, Youth

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