Sexual Assault Conviction Overturned on Fair Trial Violation

By: Wallin & Klarich

Nebraska Supreme Court Overrules Sexual Assault Conviction

The Nebraska Supreme Court overturned a 2006 sexual assault conviction on Friday October 24, 2008 after hearing defendant Steven Parker’s case. Parker, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was convicted of first degree sexual assault in 2006 and sentenced to 10 to 16 years in prison. During his 2006 trial, the trial judge ordered that a screen be put between Parker and the accuser, an 11 year old girl, while she testified. This, according to the Nebraska Supreme Court’s ruling “could have suggested to the jury that the court believed the accused, violating Parker’s right to a fair trial.” The decision will likely lead to a retrial for Parker who was originally convicted and sentenced over two years ago.

Parker’s attorney was able to give his client this opportunity for a retrial by being on top of his client’s case and standing up for mistreatment of his client. It’s important to have an experienced sex crime defense attorney that will be able to immediately recognize when the court is mistreating their client and can immediately stand up for you. The court’s mistake in letting the screen be put up between the defendant and his accuser as the accuser testified is something that could have potentially gone uncontested by the defendant’s attorney. A skilled and experienced defense attorney won’t stand for that sort of mistreatment of their clients in the courtroom.

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