Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Irish Supreme Court Strikes Down Statutory Rape Law – Emergency Legislation Proposed

Ireland's Supreme Court struck down the nation's statutory rape law as unconstitutional last week. The 1935 law made sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 15 rape, regardless of the circumstances. The Supreme Court ruled the law was unconstitutional because “it did not leave room for a genuine mistake, even if it were proven that a girl had lied about her age.” The court released a 41-year-old man who had sex with a 12-year-old girl who he had plied her with alcohol before he had sex with her when she woke up to be sick. The Government reportedly intends to enact emergency legislation to cure the defect in the law following the High Court's decision.  Source.  The Irish Times, Ireland.com. For the compete story, please click here (last visited May 31, 2006, reo).

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