Judge overturns man’s rape conviction because the woman ‘did not act like a victim’By Mason White 2:18 PM March 9, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
People were outraged after a judge overturned a rape conviction.
The Georgia appeals court judge ordered a new trial for a man convicted of rape, saying the woman who accused him of the crime, did not “behave like a victim.”
William Jeffrey Dumas, was found guilty of repeatedly raping the 24-year-old woman, who has Down syndrome. His semen was found on the victim’s bed.
Dumas appealed the case and won a retrial. Appeals Court Judge Christopher McFadden wrote that the victim did not show “visible distress” when she reported the rape. The judge also said that Dumas did not behave like someone who had just committed a series of violent crimes.
Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard, who prosecuted the case, was “disgusted” by to the judge’s decision. He said that the victim had a hard time testifying at the first trail as she did not want to be in the same room as Dumas.
The prosecutor said that it was hard for him to tell the victim that although a jury had convicted her assailant the judge gave the guy a new trial. Her parents were also outraged with the judges decision and they want justice.