Wednesday, April 5, 2006
A retrial began Monday in Akron, Ohio of a man who is accused of impregnating his 16-year-old stepdaughter through artificial insemination. Although he was convicted in 2002 of rape, sexual battery and child endangering and given a 20 years prison sentence, that conviction was ordered reconsidered by the United States Supreme Court in March 2004. In another decision, whose holding was viewed as applying to this case, the Court ruled that admitting a statement from a wife who refused to testify violated her husband’s Sixth Amendment right to confront a witness. During the criminal investigation, the Ohio man’s wife gave a statement to a detective but later refused to testify at trial. Source. Karen Farkas, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited April 5, 2006, reo).