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COA vacates sex-abuse confinement conviction as double jeopardy

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The Indiana Court of Appeals on Monday vacated a conviction of Class C felony criminal confinement for a man also convicted of Class B felony criminal deviate conduct, finding the lesser conviction resulted in double jeopardy.

Frank Jacobs was convicted of both counts in Marion Superior Court that heard evidence that he forcibly performed oral sex on a minor boy. In Frank Jacobs v. State of Indiana, 49A04-1304-CR-183, the appeals court ruled “Jacobs did not use more force than was necessary to commit criminal deviate conduct, and Jacobs’ conviction of confinement based on the same force subjected him to double jeopardy.”

Vacating the lesser charge is unlikely to affect Jacobs’ sentence, however. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the deviate conduct charge and four years for confinement, to be served concurrently.

Judge Melissa May wrote for the panel that Jacobs’ arguments that the trial court abused its discretion by excluding testimony about the victim’s truthfulness and refusing his request to admit evidence from Jacobs’ son. Any error in refusing such testimony was harmless, May wrote, because of independent evidence of Jacobs’ guilt.

 

 

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  1. Family court judges never fail to surprise me with their irrational thinking. First of all any man who abuses his wife is not fit to be a parent. A man who can't control his anger should not be allowed around his child unsupervised period. Just because he's never been convicted of abusing his child doesn't mean he won't and maybe he hasn't but a man that has such poor judgement and control is not fit to parent without oversight - only a moron would think otherwise. Secondly, why should the mother have to pay? He's the one who made the poor decisions to abuse and he should be the one to pay the price - monetarily and otherwise. Yes it's sad that the little girl may be deprived of her father, but really what kind of father is he - the one that abuses her mother the one that can't even step up and do what's necessary on his own instead the abused mother is to pay for him???? What is this Judge thinking? Another example of how this world rewards bad behavior and punishes those who do right. Way to go Judge - NOT.

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  3. "...a switch from crop production to hog production "does not constitute a significant change."??? REALLY?!?! Any judge that cannot see a significant difference between a plant and an animal needs to find another line of work.

  4. Why do so many lawyers get away with lying in court, Jamie Yoak?

  5. Future generations will be amazed that we prosecuted people for possessing a harmless plant. The New York Times came out in favor of legalization in Saturday's edition of the newspaper.

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