Tuesday, March 11, 2014

IDSC Statement on Recent Ruling Overturned of Rape Victim

The International Down Syndrome Coalition is discouraged and outraged that Judge Christopher McFadden recently overturned a ruling of a jury's guilty verdict against William Jeffery Dumas. Dumas was recently convicted of raping a young woman with Down syndrome on October 18, 2010. 
According to Judge McFadden, a new trial is necessary because the victim waited a day before she reported the rape, and she did not "behave like a rape victim."
Like other advocacy organizations, we are very "pleased that Judge McFadden has stepped away from this case"*, however, we are also asking the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission to remove him from office.   
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  By David M Perry
"A state Court of Appeals judge has come under fire from Fayette County prosecutors for ordering a new trial for a man convicted of raping a woman with Down syndrome.
Judge Christopher McFadden overturned the jury’s guilty verdicts against William Jeffrey Dumas, who was convicted of repeatedly raping the 24-year-old woman on Oct. 18, 2010.
McFadden issued the ruling on a request for new trial after he had sentenced Dumas to 25 years in prison for the alleged assault. At the time, McFadden had been allowed to take leave of his appellate court duties and preside temporarily as a Superior Court judge in Fayette County."
For the rest of this story you can read it here.


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