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Appeal could change interpretation of TN rape law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A century-old interpretation of Tennessee’s statutory rape law could get a new examination by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The high court has agreed to review the case of a Memphis man convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old Arkansas girl. The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/SV5Gva ) reported the review could include revisiting and possibly overturning the interpretation.

The rule came about through an 1895 case in which a man was tried on charges that he had sex with his underage niece. A court ruled that, since they were related, both the man and the girl could be convicted of incest.

A victims’ rights advocate says such an interpretation amounts to juvenile victims of sexual abuse being victimized again by the legal system.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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One Response to "Appeal could change interpretation of TN rape law"

  1. Non-Citizen says:

    “A court ruled that, since they were related, both the man and the girl could be convicted of incest.”

    Actually, the judge ruled that because they could find no “evidence of force” that the rape conviction could not be enforced. The whole part about what they could be convicted of was irrelevant.