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Criminal Practice — Felony Murder – Underlying Statutory Rape – Intent – Acquittal (access required)

Although consent and ignorance of a victim’s age are not defenses to statutory rape, a defendant must nevertheless have intended to commit the act of sexual intercourse. Therefore, statutory rape, like other crimes that can support a conviction for felony murder, requires a showing of actual intent to commit the crime. We find no error in ...

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