Defense lawyers: Drunk, passed out teenage girl ‘didn’t affirmatively say no’
Defense lawyers in the coming trial of two high school football players charged with raping a nearly passed-out-drunk 16-year-old girl are expected to argue on the issue of consent.
In the case that has shocked the nation, prosecutors state that the inebriated girl was taken to a number of parties by a group of drunk teenagers, supporting her to walk when she wasn’t physically capable.
The prosecution claims that the group later sexually assaulted the girl while she lay unconscious.
But attorney Walter Madison, who represents one of the accused boys, argues she was drinking voluntarily and left willingly with the group of boys.
As reported by the Cleveland Trader Madison said: ‘There’s an abundance of evidence here that she was making decisions, cognitive choices.’ ‘She didn’t affirmatively say no,’ he stated.
The two high school football players Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, will face a judge on Wednesday.
The girl, from Weirton, West Virginia, is not expected to testify in Jefferson County juvenile court when the case begins.
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