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Court: Woman Can't Say No After Start Of Sex

POSTED: 9:13 am EST October 31, 2006
UPDATED: 9:30 am EST October 31, 2006

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- An appellate court said Maryland's rape law is clear -- no doesn't mean no when it follows a yes and intercourse has begun.

A three-judge panel of the Court of Special Appeals Monday threw out a rape conviction saying that a trial judge in Montgomery County erred when he refused to answer the jury's question on that very point.

The appeals court said that when the jury asked the trial judge if a woman could withdraw her consent after the start of sex, the jury should have been told she could not. The ruling said the law is not ambiguous and is a tenet of common-law.

The decision startled activists who believe people have the right to say no at any time. Jennifer Pollitt Hill of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault called the law "insulting and dangerous."

Montgomery Delegate Jean Cryor said the Women's Caucus of the General Assembly would likely examine the decision during the next legislative session.

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Comments (5)

  • aspiringmonkey's picture

    oh and on a related subject there is a new male contraceptive that is 100% effective, with no side effects.....

    ....Use a [fake name.]

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  • aspiringmonkey's picture

    oh and this is just for Maryland, so don't go out thinking it'll fly in NYC
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  • prospie's picture

    go talk about these things with your real-life friends (if u have any)....not on some ibanking messageboard

  • aspiringmonkey's picture

    this is offtopic, and since the topic is IB...I can post anything here.

    So why don't you get off my balls and go back to shoving that bat up your ass.
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