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United States v. Michael Davis

A college student is charged with felony rape after his girlfriend alleges that he forced her to have sexual intercourse against her will.

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Michael Davis Case Materials

Ashley Williams is a 21-year-old senior majoring in business at New Columbia University. Ashley lives with a roommate, Pat Daniels, at 110 Michigan Ave, N.E., apartment 410, in Metropolitan, New Columbia. Pat Daniels, also a student at New Columbia University, majors in communications.

Michael Davis is a 22 year old senior also majoring in business. Michael lives with a roommate, Terry Washington, at 3601 Connecticut Ave, N.W., apartment 2B, in New Columbia.

Ashley has been taking birth control pills since she was 16 years old. …

Charges and Defense

The State of New Columbia charges that Michael Davis forcibly overpowered Ashley Williams on the morning of December 7, 2007, forcing her to have sexual intercourse against her will. This act amounts to first degree sexual abuse or one of the lesser included offenses of second degree sexual abuse or misdemeanor sexual abuse, pursuant to New Columbia Code section 22-3002, 22-3004, and 22-3006. The State of New Columbia urges the judge to find Michael Davis guilty of this offense and sentence him accordingly to a term of years in prison.

Michael Davis, defendant, claims that Ashley Williams was a voluntary participant in all activities that occurred on the morning of December 7, 2007. Therefore, Michael Davis requests that the court find him not guilty, based on the defense that he acted with Ashley Williams’ full consent.

For the United States

U.S. Attorneys

  • Prosecuting Attorney – Daniela Corpas
  • Assistant Prosecutor -Savannah Quinones

Witnesses

The Scene of the Alleged Crime

The Scene of
the Alleged Crime

Ashley Williams, alleged sexual assault survivor – D or S
Randy Miller, rape counselor, New Columbia University Health Clinic – Charles, Malcolm
Jessie Young, Detective, Sex Crimes Unit, Metropolitan Police Department – Charles, Malcolm

For the Defendant, Michael Davis

Defense Attorneys

  • Lead Defense Attorney – Bashir Hassan
  • Assistant Defense Attorney – Kayla Collins

Witnesses

  • Michael Davis, Defendant – Shawn, Ryan
  • Terry Washington, roommate of Michael Davis – Shawn, Ryan
  • Lee Stream, Psychologist – Shawn, Ryan

Evidence

  • Police Report by Detective Jessie Young
  • Pages taken from the personal journal of Ashley Williams
  • Photographs of defendant’s apartment

Controlling Statutory Law

New Columbia Code section 22-3002. First degree sexual abuse.

A person shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, and in addition, may be fined in an amount not to exceed $ 250,000, if that person engages in or causes another person to engage in or submit to a sexual act in the following manner: (1) By using force against that other person;

New Columbia Code section 22-3004. Third degree sexual abuse.

A person shall be imprisoned for not more than 10 years and may be fined in an amount not to exceed $100,000, if that person engages in or causes sexual contact with or by another person in the following manner: (1) By using force against that other person;

New Columbia Code section 22-3006. Misdemeanor sexual abuse.

Whoever engages in a sexual act or sexual contact with another person and who should have knowledge or reason to know that the act was committed without that other person’s permission, shall be imprisoned for not more than 180 days and, in addition, may be fined in an amount not to exceed $1,000.

New Columbia Code section 22-3007. Defense to sexual abuse.

Consent by the victim is a defense, which the defendant must establish by a preponderance of the evidence, to a prosecution under sections 22-3002 to 22-3006.

Resources

Case Materials

Witness statements, etc.

Michael Davis Case Materials

Mock Trial Materials

Massachusetts Bar’s Mock Trial Suggestions for Student Attorneys

Massachusetts Bar’s Mock Trial Suggestions for Student Witnesses

Trial preparation form – MockTrial_prep

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