Panel Finds Past Abuse Admissible in Rape Case

, New York Law Journal

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The Third Department held that a man's abusive behavior toward his wife was relevant to his prosecution for the rape of her 15-year-old niece and provided probative context to the teenager's fear of defendant, that a history of alcohol abuse can be an aggravating factor in increasing a sex offender's risk level, and that a village may lure deer to locations where hunters could kill them, among other decisions.

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